The point of departure for the 'head' or 'face' motif came from a facial gel mask I found at a yard sale sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It was meant to be heated or chilled and placed over the face for pleasure or treatment. When I got it the gel had crystallized inside the blue plastic casing so it was good for nothing, but I thought it might have sculptural possibilities. It did, however, come with a dozen sheets of high quality tissue die-cut into the shape of the gel mask, to place on your face as a buffer to avoid getting chilled or burned by the gel.
The original figuration had a strong, stylized graphic identity with an indefinite ancestry. It could have come from nearly any culture throughout history. It could as well have been modelled on a Noh mask as one from Oceania, or Bauhaus sculpture, pre-Colombian ceramic, Slavic design, Inuit or Kwakiutl carving, Byzantine or folk art, the Archaic smile of Ancient Greece.