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It must be the ol' Yankee part of my nature that causes me to take satisfaction from re-purposing things that I have saved or used before. A penny saved is a penny earned or some such thing. A number of years ago I made a life mask of myself for a mask making class at Maine College of Art. We utilized the resulting plaster cast from the mold as a form on which to make several masks with a variety of materials (see images at left). The life mask mold came back into play when I took a ceramic course at MECA and had to make a self portrait. I rolled out slabs of clay, pressed them into the mold to get rough images, altered each of the five faces to achieve different expressions (see below), and attached them together in a sort of vertical ball game.
If you go to my blog entry for 9/21/12, you will see yet another re-use of the life mask mold in another self portrait. This one was done in wax, then cast in bronze. The life mask mold is a bit tired looking at this point, but I wouldn't rule out a comeback in the future...waste not, want not!
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Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.