Mask Series

Coming Together at the Seams is a mask series that was inspired by a recent skin cancer surgery. What started as a form of therapy evolved into a new mode of creative expression.

The first week of recovery was challenging and I needed an outlet for my discomfort and anxiety. I unrolled a large painting in progress and sliced it into 1 inch strips. After sewing the pieces back together with a zig zag stitch, I created freeform mosaics using the painted canvas as pliable tesserae.

The intricate process of making the masks provided focus and a welcome distraction. As the wounds healed and my worries subsided, the masks became more peaceful and playful. The experience was transformative and reminded me, once again, of the healing power of art.

Mask No. 7 was selected for the Manhattan Arts International "HerStory" 2022 exhibition, curated by Renée Phillips, Curator and Founder/Director of Manhattan Arts International.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 10," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 9," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, No. Mask 8," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, No. Mask 7," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 6," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 5," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 4," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 3," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 2," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.

"Coming Together at the Seams, Mask No. 1," 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, sliced into 1 inch strips, machine stitched, collaged onto a sturdy paper mask, 9x7x3 inches.