The “Peggy Short/Wabi-Ware” Mask is now on display at Fort Collins Museum of Art Masks Exhibition, April 6 – May 4, 2018. The museum explains the history of the Masks Exhibit: “Since 2003, the Fort Collins Museum of Art’s Masks has attracted both professional artists, whose creativity is their economic mainstay, and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles. Over 200 masks are given to artists to embellish for this exhibition. Everyone starts with the same plain ceramic mask form, imagination and creativity are applied and the result is an exciting exhibition and community art project.” The masks become part of a silent auction to benefit the Museum.
My mask was covered with words from some old, weathered dictionaries; and I placed special words by specific places on the face, e.g., words connected to hearing and audition near the ears; other fun words placed by the nose and eyes, and words about lips and food and sumptuous things by the mouth. It was great Wabi-Ware creative fun finding words that connect to our lives and imagining a special word collage. The title of the mask is: Words Matter. The description follows:
“Words matter – words we say to ourselves, to others, how we explain ourselves. Words make sense of the world; they describe what we see and cannot quite fathom, like infinity, gravity, grace. There are special words like names, titles, secrets and blessings. Words are poetry, rumor, headstones and headlines. They give solace, comfort and hope. They pierce our hearts and foment harm. Our world is covered with words, words, words. Words matter.
This activity brings together my handmade, custom collage works I do for Wabi-Ware cards and my love of words with editing and writing activities for Takecarebooks.com. If you are in the Fort Collins area, consider a visit to our local Museum of Art for this exhibition of 200 colorful, creative, fascinating works of art by our local artist community. Not only do words matter, but art matters, too!
Peggy Short, April 2018