Wood Sculpture ~ Fugitive, Face & Inner Presence

The Nara fugitive’s one-eyed face looks like this now:

Nara Fugitive mask
Nara Fugitive ~ mask, Carved Fir, Acrylic and Pastel

The back of the mask is left open – to fit the torso’s neck opening (not shown here).    But when the head is apart from the body, the empty opening in the back leaves  us feeling incomplete.  So, what to do?

Well, the hollowed-out opening in back is ideally situated to possess the fugitive’s Inner Presence.  So, as the mask rotates the Inner Presence comes into view.

Nara Fugitive Inner Presence (in mask)
Nara Fugitive Inner Presence (in mask)

The Inner Presence sculpture is carved in redwood and detachable from the Nara Fugitive’s fir mask.  So then, of course, the question becomes  what to do with the Inner Presence when it’s detached?

Nara Fugitive Inner Presence, nested in back of mask.
Nara Fugitive Inner Presence, nested in hollow back of mask.

 

Nara Fugitive ~  inner presence
Nara Fugitive ~ inner presence

 

 

 

Fugitive in the Woodwork ~ wood sculpture photo print

Wood carving mask over woodcolor pallet, photo print on canvas by Peter
Wood carving mask over woodcolor palette, photo print on canvas by Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one made itself over the course of two years.  First, I carved a life-size mask in fir of a Nara period face drawing.  Here it was:

sculpture inspired by Nara period theatrical mask
Wood Sculpture by Peter, 2013
click on photo to enlarge details

 

 

Then what?  I used it in the Head Case.  Here’s what that looked like:

head case on used barrel ~ 3 wood carvings inspired by Nara period gigaku masks.  Sculptor Peter Neibert. Click on photo to enlarge.
head case on used barrel ~ 3 wood carvings inspired by Nara period gigaku masks. Sculptor Peter Neibert. Click on photo to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I let it sit for a year while I worked on other things.

When painting wood sculpture during this period, I cleaned brushes, rags, knives on the inside of a utility closet door.  If I were a formal painter I would call this panel my wood palette for the time.  Here’s a picture of that:

Woodcolor pallet
Palette of the time

 

Meanwhile I took another cut at the Nara fugitive, so then it looked something like this.

Nara Fugitive mask in rework
Nara Fugitive takes a break from modeling work in Head Shed

And then I took many looks at the two pictures (and countless derivatives) in Photoshop — the result is the image at the top of this post.

The biggest image my printer can make is 13″ wide and maybe as much as 28″ long.   Any bigger, means I have to take it out to a real printer.

 

By Peter Neibert, Kentfield, California, 2014

Open Studio in Marin ~ Wood #Sculptures ~ photographic prints

Fugitive faces from my Head Case are on the loose in my sculpture studio in Kentfield (Marin County California) — carved and colored wooden masks such as:

Fugitive Mask on Mask
Fugitive Mask on Mask ~ wood with pastels and acrylic

 

Fugitive from Nara
Fugitive from Nara – wood with pastels and acrylic

Those above, and a carving of fugitives in the landscape,

fugitives in the landscape ~ wood, pastel, acrylic, flame
fugitives in the landscape ~ wood, pastel, acrylic, flame

are on show in my open studio, the first two weekends in May (3-4 & 10-11).

My Open Studio is also showing installed garden sculptures (one is stone) and (indoor) wall-mounted combines.

Sculpture Studio is at 46 Berens Drive, Kentfield 94904, and is open from 11 a.m. on the first two weekends in May.

If you need a guide to the Marin Open Studios tour, download it here: MOS Tour Guide