Tribal Mask # 24 (Mask Series) by Giselle Simons, Natural Horseshoe Crab Shell and Oil Paint
10 x 12 x 5
(Full Length Incl. Tail 18)
Water Miscible Oil Paint, Natural Horseshoe Crab Shell
Decorative masks found in many ancient civilizations inspired my Tribal Mask Series. From ancient Africa to Oceania, from Asia to Alaska, primitive art, tribal masks and totems were created, living on to inspire artists like myself. This shell, with its bold colors and asymmetrical designs, was inspired by the mask-like shape of the shell itself as well as patterns and visual motifs found in many primitive cultures.
A leather loop is affixed to the driftwood to provide a stable hanger at the back for each shell. These sculptural pieces look equally at home hanging on your city apartment wall, at your beach house, or anywhere one would hang a unique objet d'art. The background is for photographic display, this piece is the painted shell only.
Giselle Simons creates three-dimensional, mixed-media paintings using natural horseshoe crab shells as her canvas. She has produced a number of abstract and interpretive series inspired by nature, the art of ancient cultures and the fragility of our oceans and seas. Though born, raised, and still residing in New York City, the imagery, organic forms and materials found in the natural world have always been integral to Giselle’s artwork. After receiving a BFA from Cornell University with a major in photography she worked professionally in studio photography, architectural design, graphic design, and illustration; currently she devotes all her time to her art. Giselle’s paintings have been exhibited at Art At Leeds Gallery in Leeds NY, as well as at annual art shows on Fire Island. For the past 8 years she has been selling her work through her website www.dunetimearts.com and in her Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/dunetimearts.