108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice

Nikesha Breeze's avatar Nikesha Breeze Vote Code: 67714

This series of ceramic sculptures consists of 108 individually carved death masks, each face is crafted from the african american ancestral memory and personal research of the artist. 108 is considered a sacred number throughout many cultures and religious teachings, and is utilized in this work to represent 108 diverse bodies of the artists lineage. This sculptural installation will function as an interactive prayer to honor the count less lives who have passed, and those still suffering from the mass oppression and murder in black and brown communities world wide. Each mask is hand carved from a leather hard clay slab and coated in oxides and pigments. The finished work being reminiscent of an ancestral artifact. The masks become portals into the shared wound and continued strength of a people. 108 masks, 108 moments of silence, 108 prayers for peace, justice and the end of violence and oppression across the globe.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 4in
  • Medium: ceramic
  • Width: 5.5in
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 9in