They say the face is the reflection of our spirit. Communication is established by looking into the eyes of the other person and our emotions are expressed in a facial way. Each face denotes an origin and a life experience, we are all different, we are all the same. Masks serve humans to hide, but what if we put them on natural beings? Are they hiding in the back too? Or maybe thanks to a mask we come across an unexpected interlocutor? Precisely, this is the central idea of this artistic proposal, not to hide anything, but to face things. Paradoxically, putting a mask on a natural being makes things easier for us, anthropomorphization puts us in touch, stimulates our empathy, makes us see other things in the human dimension, and helps us understand beyond. With the masks we have in front of us not only a few trees but someone else, we can understand each other, look each other in the eye, talk about it, observe ourselves in silence. The proposal is not aimed at admiring an aesthetic work, it is intended that the mask disappears in the communicative act, like a medium, to connect us with nature, with the forest, with the trees. Put them face to face.
The intervention project envisages the placement of 20 masks on the trunks of a wooded area of about 50 m2. The masks are made with materials found in natural areas of Catalonia. They are light and small (20-50 cm). The work is mostly done with mechanical procedures and water-based paints. The installation does not affect the structure or the biology of the trees.
This project was included as well in the performative Festival Al Ras (Konvent 0) in 2021.