The Art of the Mask
About The Artist
Cyndy Salisbury • Bainbridge Island, WA
Mixed Media • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I began making masks in 2008, having previously worked in other mediums. Each mask is shaped in a plaster of paris cast using layers of Carta Lana wool paper. Embellishments are made with a variety of papers and Paperclay. The human face is a powerful canvas for images of myth, fairy tale, and theater. These masks, worn for pleasure, embody the transforming energy of the Greek theater, the psychic resonance of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the provocative enchantment of the Venetian Carnival.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
The body of each mask is formed in a plaster of paris cast that I create. Layers of Carta Lana wool paper are applied to this negative mold, dried, then removed and painted. All embellishments are created in my studio, most with paper and PaperClay.