Buso masks

Illustration - Nuit Blanche Exhibition

This project is a series of illustrations created for the Nuit Blanche exhibition, Dublin, 2015.
The inspiration for creating the masks came from the traditional “Buso” masks from Hungary, Mohacs. These masks are used to scare away winter during the spring festival. 
The Busójárás (Hungarian, meaning "Busó-walking") is an annual celebration of the Šokci (Croats) living in the town of Mohács, Hungary, held at the end of the Carnival season, ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration features Busós (people wearing traditional masks) and includes folk music, masquerading, parades and dancing. 
The blue mask follows the traditional form where I created the traditional facial elements, like the enlarged nose and chin, the scary eyes, the grotesque grin and the horns, out of paper. I have also surrounded the mask with white paper strips I died to a light brownish colour, to resemble sheepskin used to make the original costume.
The brown mask shows the melting water in a form of droplets.
The red mask depicts the leaves of spring.
April - May 2015 Exhibited at Hive Emerging Gallery, Waterford
March 2015 Exhibited at HEATHEN - Nuit Blanche, Pallas Projects Studios with H&G Creations, Dublin

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