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Keith Maxwell
Keith Maxwell

Ritual Masks for an Unknown Future Museum, 2017

These masks belong to a continuous cross cultural tradition of humans attempting to understand and influence the forces of nature through ritual objects. My work explores the way our values for nature have changed throughout history, and I attempt to express the contemporary sense of loss experienced as climate change and human activity impact on the wonder of diversity. For these masks I use marine debris, including collected rope and plastic, which are re-worked, stitched and detailed to create ritual masks for a ‘future museum’. Transforming waste materials collected from Australian beaches into finely crafted sculptures, I intend to question what is precious in our moment in history.

Washed up rope, fishing line and tackle on steel and wire armatures.