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Masks 2020 (series)

by Cheryl Gross

  • $ 4,000.00

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50% of the purchase price of this art to go toward the Hoboken Relief Fund

Ballpoint pen, india ink, graphite, color pencil
9 x 6 in.
Sketchbook of 40 drawings

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would be living in a sci-fi film. To be one of those poor people in some futuristic shit show where global warming has finally taken it’s toll and/or a nuclear holocaust has eviscerated half the planet. The other half sits and waits for the aftermath. That about sums up life at the moment.”

I’m a fan of science fiction, but not a fan of living in survival mode. I myself have written a book that employs socio-inequities as well as chromosome manipulation. All of which to my amazement has proved factual. I assume this is due to my being part our collective consciousness. Regardless of how much my life has been transformed (hopefully temporarily) I still need to walk the dog, get groceries, tend to my job, deal with my students and of course make art—which brought me to this project.

Wearing masks has become apparent as well as a necessity. Some masks are pure fashion statements while others are more practical in appearance. Many of my drawings are based on actual masks, but yield to artistic license. I have repurposed items such as car lights, coffee filters, bubble wrap and sanitary napkins, to name a few.

Much like the baseball cap, masks may become a permanent part of our wardrobe. A quote by Joni Mitchell always stuck with me, “Everything comes and goes, marked by lovers and styles of clothes.”*  I think it says it all.

*Down to You from Court and Spark album.

—Cheryl Gross


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