Friday, January 30, 2009

In Fool Bloom

Ah, the Fool! What would we do without him or her? I choose to depict the fool not as an object of ridicule, but of wisdom. I believe that there is much to be learned from the fool and that we need only look inside ourselves to find it.

One of the first masks I made was a fool - the piece shown here is one of the latest. I don't think I've come full circle quite yet, so there are sure to be more!

The mask is stoneware with engobes and pencils.


  1. Your masks are wonderful! Really great. I love how you explore so many different styles and themes in your work as well. I apologize I haven't dug through your archives thoroughly enough before asking this, but do you sketch out your ideas first? Have you posted any? I'm interested in your process.


  2. The diamond or lozenge pattern is associated specifically with the clown (and sometimes trickster) character of Arlecchino (also known as Harlequin.) It's has its origins as a stylized version of the patched clothing worn as part of the Arlecchino costume!

    I love the way these traditions play out in your masks.