Small, but sensational, this natural gourd mask will easily find a place to spice up your wall with its vibrant color, and dynamic textures and shapes.
The artist started making masks from found, natural gourds when he worked the oil wells of East Texas.
After he entered art shows, and they won awards, he now spends creates these wonderful wall decorations, full-time.
There are no direct tribal meanings in his masks: the designs are his own, a compilation of vaguely remembered lore from his Lumbee background, and his own artistic decisions.
But, like this one, they are remarkably decorative and well-made.
All the feathers are natural, as is the gourd, of course.
Creating a gourd mask is a laborious process: First, find and buy the gourd – time-consuming and no longer inexpensive. Next, it has to be carefully sliced in half, and the inside seeds, etc. carefully scooped out.
Then, it must be dried, painted, decorated, and finished – after locating the necessary natural feathers, too.
This mask is animated and colorful, with a palette that is vivid and rich.
The brilliantly hued parrot feathers evoke tropical colors of the jungle, while the russet, gold, green and browns of the other feathers and the coordinating paint, bring in the colors of the earth.
Brilliant, in every way, this little mask will add a powerful punch of color, textures, and unique artistry, to your home.