Mayan Jaguar #1. I made this mask in such a happy haze after returning from the Yucatan peninsula, full of ideas for a Jaguar Warrior mask. Promptly shot down by critics who said it looked “Egyptian”. Defended by a good friend, who says (wisely) that if the artist researches a concept and SAYS it is South American…it’s South American dammit! So I’m giving him this mask for being a defender of the arts and an all around great person. Good things come to people who are kind and have open hearts.
EDIT: I also think it’s fair for an artist to defend their work. I don’t think that’s rude or impolite at all. I cried a lot of tears over this design because it was important to me, and yeah…if I feel the need to explain what my motivations for the design are and why I built this the way I did, I reserve that right. Delicate flowers and drive-by critics should un-follow me as fast as they can.