This is my entry for the ‘Faces of New Year’ competition over at the group Leather Mask Art on DeviantART.
While researching what tradition to embody into a mask, I found so many awesome ancient traditions that I couldn’t choose! It got me to thinking how many actually still practice these traditions in comparison to what we do now. So I decided on creating a mask to reflect a more modern aspect of New Year, and chose fireworks. Although fireworks are used in many celebrations for many different holidays (and have been around for centuries), I think they are an international tradition of New Year - I know most people here the UK either set off their own fireworks, or watch the spectacular display they set off in London on the telebox, followed by the displays around the world. I just really liked the idea that it’s something that’s united across the world, that all hell breaks loose in the sky to herald in the New Year. It’s a modern tradition that’s still seated in celebrations of the past.
In an effort to reflect a modern tradition, I’ve used bright and bold colours with a Pop Art look to it It’s sort of inspired by the work of Keith Haring, in one aspect that jelly baby people rock but also in that I like thinking it links activist work with New Year - I think New Year is a symbol of hope and change for a lot of people, with the promise of the year to come.
So it’s a mask showcasing the tradition of people coming together and setting off fireworks, heralding in the New Year with the rest of the world