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Painted Steel

AFRICAN MASKS

2010

Richard Edelman

10"' x 10"' x 1.5'

Richard Edelman African masks infographic

My African Masks are all new industrial scrap steel from factories currently in operation. The faces are industrial stampings I've reworked, and the jagged necks are gear-cutting machine tools called hobs. I found these pieces before I had a concept. To me they were African in that the faces were direct, very expressive with minimal features, no eyelids, no eyelashes, no cheeks. The hobs are sharp-edged and decorative, suggesting dance and costume.