ARTIST STATEMENT SCULPTOR, MASK MAKER PERFORMER & PRINTMAKER
I believe that the purpose of art is to explore humanity and that art comes alive when it relates to our lives, my art draws on multicultural themes and engages participation. Developed as a bridge between cultures, it led me into diverse themes steeped in myth, ritual, and archetype. I created over 600 metal sculptured masks and have performed with them throughout the world (thus far in 29 countries). By studying the myths and mask-work of eastern and western cultures, I continue to infuse my art with this timeless material.
As a performance artist, my repertoire of mask and story performances also explores myth, history, literature and legend. During my world travels and in the States, I presented hundreds of performances and led comparable workshops and classes in contemporary masking.
Beyond mask and metal, I work in mixed media and printmaking. For example, my Secret Future Works are mixed media sculptures with locked interiors that open in the future. The unseen, presented within the context of art, encourages us to examine our personal and global futures. The first of now 19 such art works, created in 1989, was opened by its patron in 1995. The Jewish Heritage the SFW hidden messages were read at the National Jewish Museum, Washington DC in 1998. Other works will be opened in years to come. Secret Works created in India, Bangladesh, Ireland, Kenya, Tanzania, England, Bosnia, Spain, and in the States have messages locked inside that ... Read More