This is a perfectly crafted mask made up of long matches.

From the front there is a neat mould of match heads; round the back you can see the jagged framework of the wooden shafts. Setting it alight from below, Mach doused the face before all the matches had ignited, and the nose, upper lip, cheeks and eye lids remain white. The small, brightly coloured tartan thermos flask adds a disruptive touch to the scene.

Provenance

William Jackson Gallery.


Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL
0161 235 8888
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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday

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