I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Pitt rivers museum and felt extremely inspired after the visit. what I came to realize was that during my designing I had become stuck as I was limiting myself too strongly to realistic characteristics. What learned from the trip was that masks have extremely surreal and abstract shapes and features. once accepting this and moving further away from reality I found my inspiration.
Australia, Torres strait islands, Dance mask of turtle shell, wood, and feather. represents a crocodile with a fish’s tail.
On this dance mask from papa new guini I particularly enjoy the hair on it it must create such beautiful motion once in action.
These Masks from the Himalayas particularly caught my eye due to their unique motifs, the third eyes featured on all of them as well as the antlers loosely resembling hands.