Norwegian-born, London-based, artist, Magnhild Kennedy, has been practicing mask making since 2007. Known online as Damsel Frau, she made a name to herself in the art and fashion scenes, with her masks being featured in publications like Vogue and Forbes.
“I work with masks as autonomous works of art as well as action-objects,” she writes on her personal blog. “For me the mask is a place where different elements come together as situation. The work is about this place-situation, more so than the mask as a theme or category of form.”
“The mask is a place. I am led by the phantasms appearing in the process of the making and the materials themselves. These guide my decisions and inform the objects I make,” she explains.
Using textiles, ribbons, beads and the likes, her masks make for a striking statement, calling in mind a fantastical world or a fairytale setting. “I have always collected materials I find around—textiles, beads, small bits of ribbon, little ornaments and things—and I needed somewhere to put these materials to use,” Kennedy explains in an interview with Office magazine. “I don’t draw, design or plan. I sculpt and see where the materials take me. But it’s funny, I have never been particularly interested in masks as a category.”
Take a peek at some of her one of a kind pieces in the gallery below.