The importance of preserving and also remembering someone’s body and soul dates all the way back to Egyptian times when the practice was to mummify. The central idea - that the soul would need a mask to recognize it’s own body, as well as have a face for the after-life - is incredibly poetic. For thousands of years to come, death masks have continued to play a similar, yet less spiritual role.
Today, we like to believe that we’ve evolved and are more sophisticated, but we still continue to ask the same fundamental questions. We wonder about what happens to us when we die and whether our souls live on; and we still long for immortality. The replicated death masks I created are of those I cherish. I used two of the most traditional mediums; film and plaster. The grainy images are meant to evoke a sense of mystery and obscurity. My intention with these images is that the viewer experiences a sense of receding back in space and time, while becoming less physical. My future work will continue to deal with the notions of life after death.