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Painted Faces: Nightfall Faces, Primary Faces and Harlequin Faces

Three series of artist's books by Carolyn Leigh, Tucson, AZ, USA and Wewak, ESP, Papua New Guinea

For available books in these series: artist's books catalog.

Painted Faces is about the changing perceptions of spirits and their significance in human culture. I began the books after I returned from New Guinea inspired by the clan carvings of the Sepik River villages and the body art of the Highlands tribes. Each miniature book is a signed, unique variant in its series.

[Painted Faces: Primary Faces, artist's miniature book: 33k]

[Painted Faces: Harlequin Faces, miniature artist's book: 29k]

Figure 1: Primary Faces wear the primal primary colors of red, blue and yellow.

Figure 2: Harlequin Faces celebrate the complementary "store-bought" colors of yellow-purple, red-green and blue-orange.

Figure 3: Nightfall Faces glow from the blacks, whites and silvers of night.

[Painted Faces: Nightfall Faces, artist's miniature book: 25k]

All papers are acid free. Additional materials include Tyvek hinges, Ph-neutral PVA glue, Golden and Daniel Smith acrylics, plus a final coat of Renaissance Wax on the book pages. The "rattle" is made from buckshot.

Books: 5 pages, 3 x 3 x 3/4 inches (7.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm) Packet wraps: 3 3/4 x 3 1/2 (9.5 x 9 cm) opening to 3 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (9.5 x 21 cm) with a silver ribbon slipknot tie.

For available books in this series go to my artist's books catalog.


[Painted Faces: cover and packet wrapping, miniature artist's book: 27k]

Figure 4: Painted Faces: cover and packet wrap. The wrapping is modeled after wraps made in New Guinea to protect kina shell jewelry and other valuables between ceremonial displays.

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