Masks is a mixed media/collage book I made in 2004. The main source of imagery was a stack of Mennonite junior high school yearbooks from the 1950s that I found in a Pennsylvania thrift store. I also incorporated some original photos and collage pieces from an unfinished 2003 project.
Photographs were distorted with flames or frozen to create cracks and warping. Precise holes with detailed borders were made using the tips of incense sticks. Gesso was not only used to glue images but in some cases was used like silly putty to make malleable shadow images that could be stretched and used to create translucent overlays. A few of the pieces were smeared with textural substances such as raw tea and pencil shavings.
Once the images were completed they were photocopied dozens of times. Contrast was manipulated. Some images were blown up to add additional texture.
MASKS was displayed only once in a small Chelsea, Manhattan gallery in early 2005. Of the fifty copies originally printed, only two copies remain.