These white masks, sometimes referred to as Larval or Naive masks, originate from Basal, Switzerland. (The larval masks I made here were inspired by the masks of Herr Zing.) In some ways larval masks are the simplest of masks, capturing one simple movement or shapes coming out of a blank canvas.
As human beings, we constantly find faces in the things we see. We naturally try to make sense of it and relate to it in a recognisable way. These masks can show how different shapes influence character and and emotion.
Quite literally…. ‘why the long face’?