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Cyndy Salisbury

Cyndy Salisbury

Cyndy turned to mask making in 2008, experimenting with the traditional materials and techniques of the Italian mask makers.

Each mask starts with a plaster of paris cast, the negative mold used to shape layers of wool paper. The casts are created by the artist, either by covering a sculpted terra cotta form in plaster or casting a living face in plaster.

All embellishments, botanicals, and additions to the body of the mask are created in the studio, mostly out of a variety of papers.

The human face is an evocative canvas that can be used to bring to life the compelling images of myth, fable, fairy tales, and theater.

Though these masks are to be worn for pleasure, they should also conjure up the transforming energy of the Greek theater, the psychic resonance of the commedia dell’arte, and the provocative enchantment of the Venetian Carnival.

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