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FINE ART  MASKS by  Trevor trigg.
IN ART, everything that is used to fabricate, fashion, festoon, colour, characterise, clearcoat - and - all other things, comes from the earth. Often there is a tertiary process that converts the molecules, from the soil, to usable and useful products. The conversion is facilitated by animals (humans are one of such). Consider......feathers, leather, steel, bronze, petrol, glaze .... etc. An (almost) endless list. Nature produces all the raw materials and often, humankind converts those materials into other materials that broaden the scope and palette for artefacts and art. Stone, mineral pigments, timber and fibrous strands were the first “traditional” materials. As technologies evolved clay, fibres, and molten metals became the new “traditional” materials. Now, paint and other colour technologies allow artists greater freedom. As does oxy-acetylene for the sculptor of metals. Chemical conversions have produced high performance materials for aerospace and naval applications. Similar technologies have produced the materials that are used in the MASKS. Minerals, pigments, pulverised copper, resins and surface coatings; the new “traditional” materials that afford freedom of expression.
“ . . . Firstly, I sculpted the masks, using my wife as a “smile” model - and using a mirror, to get the facial muscle changes to my liking. There are seven faces in the collection. A mould set was produced for each face to allow for reproduction. Each mask is unique because of the random copper grain and in the case of the painted masks, the colours &/or styling (& head-dresses) ensures that each is an original. The wall masks are mounted in a frame with a ceramic insert. The inner frame is a product of my workshop and studio, as is the outer frame. (This outer frame is referred to as “Detailed” frame, on other pages of website). The ornate outer frame original I sculpted using patterns that were developed (by craftsmen) over a hundred years ago. (The scroll-work on those antique frames were in plaster or a casein like material). From my frame originals, flexible moulds were taken which enable me to reproduce them using modern reinforced materials. I trust that you will enjoy the masks. . . . . . .    Trevor Trigg”. (Click on images to enlarge)