Why are you attracted to using hair within your work? Hair is a fascinating material. It’s an extension of the human body, it’s alive but at the same time it’s something that lasts in time. It really draws me in, as time goes on I seem to want to integrate it into my work more and more.
You’ve worked as a wigmaker and make-up artist. What first drew you to mask-making? The mask is a subject that I’m quite obsessed with. Mankind has always instinctively created them, putting together different elements and applying them to their faces. Every time I have an emotion I feel like translating it into a mask. I was first drawn to masks when I was at school. I modelled for a bust and they asked me if I wanted to keep it. I vividly remember a specific moment in 2009, I was still in school, and this bust was in front of me. I just began putting materials onto it, and made several shapes which I tested on my face. I still always work on this bust so, in a way, I am always working on myself, creating masks that fit my face.
Do you remember the first masks you made? Yes, the first pieces I made were experiments, using textiles. I even made some masks out of rubbish bags, and from there I started to create more elaborate and ornamental pieces. I destroyed the first pieces I made, because sometimes, you create things just as a test. I didn’t see them as objects that were meant to last.
How would you describe your working process? The way I work is really spontaneous and instinctive, I improvise based on the materials I have available, what I’m feeling in the moment or a song I’m listening to. I might have a material or a colour that I like, or there’s a technique that I’ll use to begin to work the material, which I’ll then mix with others. Honestly, I never know at the beginning what the object will become, I only know it at the end, when I’m wearing it and I’m satisfied that I’ve managed to translate a specific intensity or emotion. The entire process is an outlet for me.