Shadow — An Underworld Mask     1992

Dream of dancing with one’s own Shadow.

In dreams our other Self tempts us
to join the heated dance, to step into
ritual space where soul is made,
where the deeper hungers within
are yearned for and never filled.
From a dark doorway, its ember eyes
flickering with wild imaginings,
the phantom, frightening yet irresistible,
extends a moist, incandescent hand,
asking for the next dance, and the next,
and the next…all through the night.
In the morning we might say
we did not have this dream.  Rather,
the dream had us.

 

40”H x 16”W x 12”D

Materials:   Rice paper, rayon brocade, glass beads,  leather, and hammered brass wire, old Chinese coins. The mane  is of raveled yarn from a linen/silk/cotton sweater. Finials are of thread-wrapped bamboo surmounted by tufts of rayon thread.  Woven and wired seed beads form focal point on the forehead and nose ridge. Brows and cheeks are cotton rag paper — painted and engraved  with graphite pencil.                                    Interior of mask — black silk velvet.

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