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I started collecting Carnival masks about six years ago from markets and vintage stores. They are made from hand painted paper maché and are up to 90 years old.
My masks are full of imperfections just like a human face, so they seem to fuse with the person wearing them. The fixed and frozen expression poised on a human form is at once disturbing and fascinating. The body language suddenly takes on more importance with the face hidden, and every angle seems to reveal a different aspect of the mask. The two elements become one.
These are especially fun in our high-resolution slide show which looks great on iPhones and iPads.
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