Archive for masks

James Ensor Masks

Posted in antiques, craft, masks with tags , , on February 21, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Although James Ensor (1860-1949) is most well known for his paintings (Which have influenced both expressionism and surrealism), I’ve been seeing his handmade masks pop up on Pinterest.

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Not for the maskaphobics out there, these projects gave Ensor saw an opportunity beyond fine art. According To MOMA, he stated “The mask means to me: freshness of color, sumptuous decoration, wild unexpected gestures, very shrill expressions, exquisite turbulence.”

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I love the phrase “exquisite turbulence.” But I’m not a fan of actual exquisite turbulence.
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It’s been theorized that these masks were modeled after items in the curiosity shop Ensor’s family ran, right beneath his studio.
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Quite evocative, no?
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Halloween Countdown: Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks

Posted in halloween, masks, monsters, photography, vintage with tags , , , , on October 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

For an impressive array of vintage masks (from the unintentionally terrifying child costumes of yesteryear to high end reproductions of famous movie monsters) alongside some modern fare, head over to The Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks.

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The New Masked Madness

Posted in animation, art, music video with tags , , , on July 2, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Regardless of what you may think of Slipknot as a band, the craftsmanship of their masks is undeniably fantastic. They certainly give the infamous Hannibal Lecter, Leatherface and Pinhead a run for their money (click image to enlarge).

Doesn’t this collection make you want to watch video classics like this masterpiece by Tool?