Why did you choose this craft?
A mask is something that gives you both privacy and freedom. I am attracted by the enigma of the mask as an object, the mystery around it. For me, masks can tell stories. I treat each mask as a character. They all consist of many elements, and each of them has a meaning.
Which materials do you prefer using?
I especially like using pearls: they add a distinct baroque flavour to the masks. One of my signature features is a watch, which symbolises a virtual mind’s eye, and I usually place them just above the bridge of the nose. I use semi-precious stones and mix them with unlikely items, such as umbrella parts.
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What do you love about mask making?
I enjoy fusing the most incredible elements together to create a whole art object. With every fine movement of your fingers you not only put a bead or pearl in place, you connect ideas, senses, feelings, symbols. I thrive in finding harmony in chaos.
You say you feel akin to archeologists. Why?
I am fascinated by the stories of Atlantis and bygone civilisations. I enjoy hunting for curious antiques, and I often use Soviet memorabilia in my works. These pins, watches and rings belong to a world that no longer exists, but in masks they can both tell their stories and gain a totally new meaning.