“I will not go again to a country that is even more surreal than my paintings”
- Salvador Dalí referring to his visit to México.
The vibrant, unexpected nature of the Mexican character inspired five pieces of furniture reflecting iconic Mexican masks. Masks are familiarly used in Mexico to embrace the unexpected and often surreal beliefs and behaviour embedded in traditional culture and are characterised into iconic forms.
The elements of the mask, their fundamental concepts and what they stand for were extracted and analysed in order to transfer them into furniture. In doing this, I created masked furniture where the pieces become an exaggerated version of themselves. This collection challenges and then bridges perceptions of traditional extravagant Mexican cultures, with the contemporary reality of a modern, vibrant and powerful economy.