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Thomas Houseago - Vader Mask

Thomas Houseago
Vader Mask, 2008
Bronze and redwood, 66 x 25 x 33 in. (167.6 x 63.5 x 83.8 cm)
Courtesy the artist

The creation of masks is central within Houseago’s oeuvre. As Houseago has said, "Often the most stylized or seemingly fantastical representations of the face feel the most realistic. Darth Vader and Spider Man are unbelievably powerful images of a human face…I create faces or heads or masks usually with the idea that they will be part of a bigger sculpture, but sometimes they are so complete or tell such a clear story that they become complete works, and I present them like that."