Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

Works in Masks

Two Person Show:
Misha Capecchi and Jeff Betz

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About the Work

Misha Capecchi

Misha Capecchi“This body of work seeks to examine issues of self-recognition, identity and sterotypes. My methodology for making the masks is always the same. The process starts with a composite photo that I have either found or constructed. Based on the photo I make a mask from found or reclaimed fabric, finally I translate the mask to a two-dimensional media specifically picked for the subject matter. I am interested in how the portrait changes through various forms of translation, represented through the use of different media. Some of the media allows for a literal translation, while other media requires information to be either added or subtracted. Using this methodology I try to address a variety of themes such as feeling lost in translation, feeling beautiful, feeling part of a larger movement, fear of aging, and genetic profiling in comedic, sensitive and distressing way. ”
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Jeff Betz

Jeff Betz“Much has been written on the subject of the mask, its representation and purpose, by far more learned people than myself. While I am still no expert on the matter I have undertaken my own personal research into mask making cultures and it is within these cultures; African, Northwest Coastal Indians, Oceanic and Hispanic that I have drawn inspiration from. For these cultures the mask is not a work of Art but an integral part of their spiritual belief systems, rituals and ceremonies. Assigning great significance and power to masks which might be boxed up and hidden away until it’s presence is required. I am speaking historically of course and not of the contemporary tourist trade masks.

As for myself, I am a contemporary who has been nurturing an interest in Art for many years through drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. I have always had a fascination for the face and figure and the experience of making a mask brought me a heightened sense of personal expression and identification. Without the purpose of a mythology, rite or ceremony I could suggest that my masks are in some way a self-portrait. A scary thought but we all stem from the ancient and at best a work of art might still have the power to bring that ancient experience back into our world today. Such is my quest.”
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Misha Capecchi

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Jeff Betz

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