Historically, the mask has always had a spiritual connotation. In African culture masks were used during sacred rituals, believing that, whoever wore them, abandoned their identity to assume what the...
Historically, the mask has always had a spiritual connotation.
In African culture masks were used during sacred rituals, believing that, whoever wore them, abandoned their identity to assume what the mask represented. Whoever wore the mask was a sort of medium, allowing communication with an otherworldly dimension.
Borrowing from tradition, Beatrice Spadea’s masks are conceived as objects that on the one hand establishes a boundary line between two realities, and on the other, act as a connecting bridge, between the inside and the outside, between us and the transcendent.
The mask is at the same time an instrument of protection and a tool to enhance our relationship with the surrounding world.
In this limited edition series, each mask is figuratively composed of small fragments of sky. The sky has a very important symbolism in Beatrice Spadea’s works, as a representation of the world beyond and the imagination’s dimension. The three masks represent respectively three skies in three different atmospheric conditions; a clear blue sky, a gloomy night and a lightning storm. The work is an invitation to look up and become that sky.
Just as the mask helped the shaman to assume the identity of the mask worn, the work symbolically allows the “wearer” to be projected into what it represents. Becoming sky means looking at things from above, flying over the roofs of the world and live from a different perspective. Only by leaving our stands, becoming something else, seeing ourselves from the outside and in a different form, we really explore our potential.