Grief masks & sculpture...
Sculpture... what a soul-satisfying artistic medium! There's something about working in 3-D that drawing or painting just can't provide. Give it a try... you may be surprised at the delight that clay, paper mache, wood, or plaster of paris can provide.
What can I say? I have always loved creating sculpture (I
prefer clay) and I highly recommend it to you as an artistic outlet.
Artists have used clay to make artistic sculptures since the dawn of mankind. They usually found the raw clay in river beds. Nowadays, modern clay and other modeling materials are of high quality, refined and stable materials.
There are two general types of clay available today for sculpture-making:
If you are new to sculpture, I recommend that you start with a product that is easy to work with, can be hardened in your oven for permanency, and is easy to paint. So what fills the bill? Sculpey (try Michael's or order it online).
Clay can be shaped in three different ways: modeling, sculpting, or throwing.
So get your own personal lump of clay and get started today... sculpture... the
ultimate in stress relief.
So what is a grief mask? First, think of it in a context of hidden emotions. People in bereavement often put up a brave front, or pretend that they are fine, when they're not. You might say they are actually putting on a "grief mask" to hide their true feelings from the outside world.
Next, think of a "grief mask" as a creative tool, a sculpture that can help a grieving person express his true feelings or deep emotions. The making of a grief mask is powerful. As you create the facial form, you can begin to unmask your soul. In this way, your deepest weaknesses, fears and pain, as well as your strengths and joys, may be brought to the surface.
Give this interesting and different exercise a try. And remember... artwork can never hurt you. Much better to extract, express and release these emotions than to keep them bottled up inside.
Use clay or paper mache to form the mask, or facial shape... make it as realistic or bizarre as you wish. Harden the mask, then paint it. Keep it in your memory box or hang it on the wall.
Stay connected to your lost one by building an altar or memory box.