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The Katrina Collection is a series of mixed media assemblages which incorporate storm debris from Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. There are approximately 1000 pieces in the collection to date, so most of the pieces are in the archives, located on the right hand side of the poage-just scroll down a little bit.
Mask references my background in the field of religious studies. Somewhere in that massive load of books graduate students are required to read was a book about indigenous cultures in which masking is an important part of their religious experience. Donning a mask is much more than masquerading; by the act of masking, the devotee becomes what he/she is portraying. I find that a very compelling notion, and leads me to think about a tradition I have become very familiar with, that of Carnival celebrations. In Brazil, Venice and New Orleans (among other places) the donning of the mask allows a person to become someone else, if only for a short time. Obviously, masking is a powerful way to enter a portal.