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19R136L - Altar Egos
May 16-19, 2019
Thursday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Andrea Matus deMeng

19R136L - Altar Egos

19R136L - Altar Egos19R136L - Altar Egos19R136L - Altar Egos

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth” – Oscar Wilde

I’ve collected many masks over the years. I’ve always found them fascinating: the potential to imbue an inanimate object with a personality all of its own. The dual nature of the veil that reveals that which was concealed is so wonderfully complex and yet so common. Those stories we all heard when we were kids – whether in fairy tales, comic books, or mythologies, the mask is a common symbol used to suggest transformation, giving the wearer a newfound power and truth. The mask permits us to explore parts of ourselves that might not be readily accepted in everyday society; it allows us to explore undiscovered parts of ourselves and in that way makes the mask a very compelling device. A simple bit of costuming over your face and inwardly you feel a transformation … not just visually, but psychologically. With this in mind, it seemed appropriate to enshrine these alter egos in altars as a method for displaying those hidden parts of ourselves that lie just beneath the surface, waiting for a chance to be realized and explored.

During our four days together we’ll explore the different possibilities for preparing the wood for collage as we incorporate many techniques, mediums, textures, and materials into our process. Using paint, clay, collage, and found objects, we’ll begin transforming the plain mask into something opulent and mysterious. We’ll also include some workable mechanics to our collage-assemblage: Yours may include hinges, pulleys, disguised windows, or messages … things that perform a function. Marrying functionality with our visual narrative, as each new layer is introduced we will discuss how to use our materials to overcome challenges in composition, unify our elements, contend with our inner critic, and finally reveal your own alter ego.

“You can survive but not live with a single identity.” 
– Tapan Ghosh

Level: Beginner and above

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Materials Fee $25

Meet the Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng

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