Bronze Mask

This project, Food Security, is the intersection of my interest in and experience foraging, and the Roman practice of making death masks. These masks, imagines maiorum, were made from beeswax which made remarkable likenesses of the deceased.

The mask here is cast with fungi native to Interior Alaska, which are often found proliferating among standing dead birch and dead fall on the forest floor. Food security is a topic one always seems to hear framed from a human perspective. In this mask I wanted draw focus on the fungi and the voracity with which they embrace what is aging and dying in the woods.

 

The mask cast in wax
The mask cast in wax, before bronze.
The mask cast in bronze and patinaed
Food Security, bronze and with patina.

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