envoy enterprises is pleased to announce Starseeds, the first solo exhibition by Rachel Mason. The exhibition comprises a new series of sculptures, Mason's original music and a video installation in the project room.
I am a Starseed.
Starseeds are people from another planet who come to earth specifically to fulfill a mission. They often feel isolated as though they don't quite fit into human society.
I spent the better part of the years 2004-2011 studying t he faces of world leaders who were involved in wars during my lifetime. Sculpting porcelain busts and writing songs in their imagined minds was an exercise I undertook in order to grasp the massive numbers of people killed in conflicts during my life. I wanted to understand how a small number of people could affect massive numbers of people so I had to stare them in the face. I had to get inside their minds. I wanted to understand how I am connected to these individuals because I believe that I am.
Finally I was done. I just could not sculpt another world leader. And on a whim I sculpted the head of Joni Mitchell, the iconic songwriter. Realizing I had been ignoring a huge piece of the world I live in by focusing only on one type of person, a type of person who felt like the opposite to me, I realized how desperately I wanted to star into the faces of those people with whom I could identify. People of my species. I started sculpting people with whom I felt a total kinship. I used only the subliminal logic of my fingertips to guide my choices of humans and the results are in this exhibition.