Wendy Seaward (American, late 20th to early 21st century) hand crafted female mask with beads, purple feathers and semiprecious iridescent stones. One large bead forms a teardrop at eye. Mask – 7 1/2" H (13 1/2" including feathers and fringe) x 6" W. Biography (from artist's website): "Using off-loom bead weaving techniques Wendy Seaward composes intricate sculptural works out of glass seed beads and natural materials such as semi precious stones, pearls, fossils, and found objects. While living in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she was inspired by the dynamic beadwork of the Ndebele, Swazi, Zulu, Xhosa and Basotho cultures. With a degree in horticulture and a passionate interest in sustainable agriculture and the environment, natural forms are lovingly imbued in her work, evident especially in her freeform pieces, which may feature spirals, curls, droplets, openings and other forms found in nature. Wendy has received national acclaim for her highly elaborate beaded masks. They are exotic in appearance, therapeutic gestures of self reflection. Well known in the Southeast, Wendy has won numerous awards in fine craft shows as well as art exhibits and galleries. Her work is collected by Nashville stylist to the stars, Cheryl Johnson and has appeared on the red carpet of the Country Music Awards, the Ellen Degeneres Show, and during television performances on the Academy of Country Music Awards. She is in the collections of Tene Jewell, wife of country singer Buddy Jewell, Stevie Nicks, Hilary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero." CONDITION: One feather slightly bent, otherwise excellent condition. Wood Block attached en verso for ease of hanging for display.
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