This is a sample I made to demonstrate the process of mask-making for my students. Inspiration was derived from African art, and body art from a variety of cultures. While working on this face, I was thinking about the ritual scarring practiced by many African tribes, Maori facial tattoos, and the Indian art of Mehndi. The neck coils are reminiscent of the Kayan women of Myanmar and Thailand who modify their bodies by stretching out their necks with ornamental brass coils.
Surreal symbolic sculptures by Michael Alfano (New Yorker in Hopkinton, Massachusetts) 2013 • depicted: flying head • Alfano interprets philosophical ideas "The best art engages, generates discussion, and brings about change. My art compels viewers to experience, think, and understand life more fully." • materials artist uses: bronze / cold cast copper / resin