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MatriArt Torsos

Jan’s four archetypal feminine characters entitled “Mandala” are the core of her body mask series that also includes two “Pain for Appearance” torsos.

  • Procreation, Domesticity and Kali with another body mask in the background “Blonde Ambition”

  • Kali’s body mask split improvisationally, but so much in character. Her skirt is hand crocheted of velvet yarn, with hair extensions as tassles, and the front apron of charred bones that were donated by a teacher of anatomy from a local college.

  • Domesticity has a skirt of pattern pieces and apron of linen handkerchiefs. In the background is Procreation which has a skirt of hemp and leather ropes and feathers.

  • The backside of each body mask is a niche filled with interpretive forms. Procreation has a knitted lining filled with eggs of different sizes, and Domesticity is filled with the detritus of homelife.

  • Detail of the back side of Domesticity suggests everything a woman/mother must be

  • Seduction is the equivalent of a shiney new convertible rolled into a flamego dancer and geisha.

  • detail of Seduction showing laces, beads, ribbons, tassles and a fan

  • Pain for Appearance: Tatoos (5” x 19” x 14”)

  • Pain for Appearance: Blonde Ambition (39” x 17” x 12”)