Oriane Wedd & Gaëlle de Laveleye
Woke Up Like This
After observing various common points within both of their practices, Oriane Wedd and Gaëlle de Laveleye began developing a collaborative project involving three dimensional masks. These masks highlight the paradoxical nature of hiding and revealing that is inherent to material and social masks.
While the contemporary usage of such masks have lost their sacred or ancestral significance, they have lifted the persona creation into another dimension. Beyond the constitution of a personal identity, social media tools promote the application of multiple layers of fake identities to oneself and one’s environment.
Although these physical masks offer a temporary refuge from sociopolitical voyeurism, they highlight the complications in trying to live a more reserved, less exposed life, free from face recognition devices, audio recordings and other forms of surveillance. Another paradox is the uniformity and standardization of such masks, while they are nurtured by competition and comparison, they operate a blanding of identity rather than the desired differentiation.
This sameness is most noticeable visually, for example in the formal norms of instagram squares, pinterest mood boards, selfies, to name a few. Making it all the more challenging for the two artists to create a “truly original” mask while recognizing in their multiple influences.
*By Ancestral we understand: masks created for Godly personifications ~ communion with the sacred