Death Mask

Death mask by Bradley Perry French
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  • Medium:

    Papier-mâché, paint

  • Artist:

    Generation ART artist, Bradley Perry French, Turner ContemporaryBradley Perry French

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    Bradley Perry French (11)

    Generation ART artist, Bradley Perry French, Turner Contemporary

    Bradley made ‘Death Mask’ at Herne Bay Junior School, Thanet.

    He and the class were exploring the topic of Carnival, particularly using masks to represent beliefs.

    Through research, texts, film and virtual presentations, the artist experienced Brazil and some of the cultural beliefs and traditions.

    Bradley and the class explored the theme through drawings, paintings and sculptures, and then papier mache.


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  • Dimensions:

    70mm x 240mm

  • Submitted by:

    Michelle Rogers, teacher

In class we were studying Brazil and street festivals. We saw lots of images of festival costumes and planned masks of our own design, based on what we had seen.

I chose a death mask and worked with a narrow base, built up the features, then covered these with papier-mâché and paint.

The hair was a challenge as I did not know how to plait and I knew I wanted plaits! My friend Amelia helped me out.

(Bradley Perry French, artist)