Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scarification

I created this highly textured mask after watching a documentary on Scarification (scarring the skin in such a way as to create raised patterns). Some primitive tribes use scarification for right of passage, modern tribes use it for personal expression.
Another meaning listed in Webster's School & Office Dictionary is "to wound with severe criticism." Ouch.
It is polymer over a ceramic armature. I used needles, Kemper punches and leather tool punches to create the scars. The shading in the cheek and nose area is done with polymer.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Marlene, this is incredible! I agree, ouch, but it's tradition. Perhaps some of our own would be hard for other cultures to understand. This is really wonderful.