Masks for Russian Avant-Garde Absurd Play
["Elizaveta Bam" by Daniil Kharms]

Creation of masks and decorations for the play 
SOLUTION:
I proposed to create masks reflecting personality of the characters while at the same time serving as decorations for the play.

Pretty large masks have unconventional concave shape.
Openings for eyes are well disguised and not visible to the public.
Materials: aluminum mesh, plaster, cloth, acrylic, card board, tree roots, Lycra fabric.

Daniil Kharms was one of Russia's most important writers of the 1920-30s and a source of inspiration for absurdist playwrights Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett. "Elizaveta Bam" prefigures the atmosphere of Kafka's short stories and Ionesco's theatre of the absurd. Written in 1929, the play was a harbinger to Stalin's repressions that took the lives of 40 million people.

eye - cockroach
nose - fly (light bulb)
mouth and chin - stove with red mushrooms (fire) inside. The stove cover is removable.

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