My recently completed piece for the Brandon C. Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Foundation to help raise a few bucks in an upcoming fundraising auction. The goal of the foundation is to generate funds for the development of innovative and more effective treatments which lead to cures for head and neck cancers, most of which are some type of squamous cell cancer (SCC).
This piece itself, as yet untitled, is constructed of cloth, plaster, wire, “Durabond 90”, and acrylics. The web pattern implies the metal mask a patient wears during radiation treatments for head & neck cancer.
“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.”
~Christopher Barzak, The Love We Share Without Knowing
One of my early full headpiece masks, Robirda, painted by my lovely and talented wife Karen, is now residing at Momento Mori, Oddities, Collectibles, Antiques on Loveland, Ohio. Owner Greg Johns runs a sweet shop that holds seemingly endless delights and curiosities. It’s an honor to have a few of our pieces there. Memento Mori
This piece is an actual “life” mask of Karen. The process of sitting for the mask is less than one half hour of the subjects time. The rest happens in studio. The results are quite realistic and provide a lasting keepsake.
Trust me… you’d never get this Dragon in a box!
~Karen Dragon Memory Box~
A framed presentation of KarenDragon’s ~Life masque, personalized to her unique spirit.
Image, mask creation, and pricing available upon request.
See the smiles we cast your way, dEj and KarenDragon
All materials the creation and property of masqueHysteria(c)2011
~Pearl masque modeled by KarenDragon of masqueHysteria
This lightweight and comfortable partial masque was custom fit for Karen and painted by her to a very durable pearlescent finish with acrylics, and final coated with a water resistant top coat. We will happily create a custom designed and fitted masque for you based on your idea or vision. A custom fit partial mask, complete to the level of ~Pearl, is modestly priced at $120.00. We will take your masque to any level you desire. We can create the form and complete the shaping and acrylicizing, at which point you can take over and finish yourself, or even have your favorite artist paint for you. Ready to paint and decorate, your custom partial masque will cost $80.00. These masques are very durable and with any reasonable care will last a lifetime of functional use. Order a group for an event whether social or arts. Consider the keepsake value of family masque portraiture, and give us a call. We show work and accept commissions by appointment in our private gallery. We create the basic custom masque shell at our place or yours, by appointment as well.
Thanks for your time, see the smiles we cast your way, David and Karen
~Pearl masque~ partial mask created for KarenDragon