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Synthetic braiding hair and chicken wire, 18 x 12  inches, 2022

This mask was inspired by the Senufo mask. The mask was worn by Poro (a mens society) during funeral ceremonies. It was believed the mask not only helped communicate with the deceased but also ward off evil spirits. I was thinking of how hair is believed to be our most direct connection to the Gods and ancestors; being hair is the highest point on you. I have been researching my ancestry DNA and the various African regions that have populated for me; I found that I am 5% Mali and 5% Ivory Coast. The Senufu peeple migrated from Mali to the Ivory Coast around the 15th century.