One of the things I have most enjoyed about making art with my daughter, Sonja, is that she often pushes me out of my comfort zone. It happened again yesterday. This time it wasn't getting me to do something new in my own art, but getting me to help her on one of her projects.
Many years ago she took a couple of mask-making classes from Eric Bornstein at the Cambridge Adult Education Center. For a while now she has been wanting to get back to that again, but needed to make a plaster cast of her face. This wasn't something she could do by herself, so she asked me to do it. She had the day off yesterday so I went over in the afternoon so we could try this.
I don't know just why, but the idea really freaked me out. It was somehow terrifying to think about covering all but her nostrils with plaster of Paris. After a few minutes of panic, I screwed up my courage and we moved forward.
Everything was all set, so I just had to take a deep breath and move forward. Sonja had the scary part, but I was the one who was afraid.
The baseball cap didn't stay on, but the underneath layer of plastic wrap still protected her hair. She put Vaseline over the main part of her face, but I had to do her eyes. She needed quite a thick layer over her eyebrows and eyelashes. Putting that glop on her eyes was scary, but I didn't have much choice at that point.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.