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Dogs Guarding the Tree of Life 🔴
Gouache on plaster embedded cartapesta
10 x 8 x 7.5 inches
The huge 700-square-foot Tree of Life mosaic floor of Otranto Cathedral, in Salento, Italy, inspired this mask. At the bottom of the mosaic, a handful of cats guard the Tree of Life. For the mask, I converted the cats to dogs and added snails on the skull, which transform to butterflies over the mask’s eyes.