The visual landscape of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian classic “Brazil” is mesmerizing. Ducts, winged knights and giant electric samurais aside, the masks used by Information Retrieval torturers have always struck a deep, terrifying chord with me and I decided I needed to hold one.
Having never made this type of mask before I decided to make a basic form with newspaper, cover in clay and detail, then mould and cast.
After drawing out plans, I cut a template out of MDF of the overhead view. I then shaped wire to match the profile outline to act as an armature for the newspaper, which I then stuffed and shaped beneath.
Once this was finished, the piece was covered in clay and forms and details were added.
After the clay was dried I started to pour over the silicone for molding. My next post will detail this process as well as casting.