Masks have been created and used for thousands of years in many indigenous cultures. They may represent the spirits of ancestors, and were often constructed of native materials such as wood or clay. Two images of masks from Africa and Australia are included in this post.
Sculptures in stone can be almost immortal. The human form was often used to depict gods or other deities. I have chosen two faces of stone that are on display in Paris and in London.
I have been experimenting with techniques to recede the background in order to focus more intensely on the facial features of these masks and faces.