Sculptures change even as you look at them. Carvings differ from one time to another, under one light source or another, in one media or another — both the image and the original thing itself change.
This web optimized photo of a sculpture I made in wood was inspired by a Nara period theatrical mask.
Here you see it on the web, but the sculptured mask is already different from the photographic image: the wooden carving’s physical image changes with countless shifts in light and shadow. It’s one of three installed in my Head Case.
Head Case ~ Media Container
It holds upright three original sculptures of Japanese theatrical masks.
Gold is their color (more or less). It survives as aging paint to embellish the carvings, and as filtered light passing through translucent yellow panels — one on the front for visitors to look inside, and one on the top to admit light from overhead, sun, moon and, yes, electric lights.
Gold light plays on the 3 masks as they turn and change their images on the 3 reflective surfaces. This head case measures about 20″ on each side of the cube – big enough to rotate three full-size masks on the turntable.
The outside of the case is reclaimed redwood from my old fence. When I need more wood, I just take another board off the fence,
Then, the image I originally had in mind — hasn’t that changed, too?
n.b. If you want to see original Nara period masks and other fine carvings of the period, start with volumes 3 and 4 of Genshoku Nihon no Bijutsu.