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Patriot Mask

Buff Clay with Cloth Flag


One of three masks completed under the tutelage of Tim Shuckerow at Case Western Reserve University. The process was a press molding execise potentially for use with elementary- and secondary-aged students. Plaster molds were first taken of the students' faces then sheets of clay were pushed into them to create a base for subsequent manipulation using further amounts of clay. In the event, this mask was only to be a proof, and was damaged in the kiln. It was reassembled for the most part, and languished for a while as a test bed for paint applications until a chance encounter with a discarded Fourth of July flag brought sufficient significance to it as a simple reference to Georg Grosz's criticism of Nationalism.

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Joe's output in ceramic media has also engaged Joe at his boundaries. He has used it to explore themes fundamental to his vision as well as a place to play and investigate his inspiration and practice.

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