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Life Casting and the Death Mask - Hanging in the Space Between

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The Life Mask

A life mask is a 3D re-creation of the human face that is made by making a three-dimensional mold using traditional casting and molding techniques. We work together, one-on-one, in the creation of a life mask, in a physical exploration. As the process unfolds, surrendering to the confines of the molding materials, you are encouraged to explore your internal reality. Lifecasting is an affirming experience.

Throughout the year, I'm available to make a lifecast of your face in my Woodstock studio. I provide all materials. After registering, you'll receive an email confirmation along with information about scheduling a date that's convenient for you. The maskmaking process will take up to three hours to complete.

Use the "Register" button to schedule an appointment.


The Process - A Guided Journey into One's Self

Thoughtful preparation is an important and valuable aspect of the mask-making process. Before I begin making the mold, I will take time to get to know you. There will also be opportunity for self-inquiry prior to and throughout our time together. I’m sensitive to unexpected possibilities and to the unique needs and personality of each individual.

To prepare, you'll apply a thin layer of vaseline to the hairline on the outter edge of your face. This will act as a "release." During the mold making process, you'll be resting comfortably on a straight back chair while I apply a mixture of fast-setting alginate over your face (this is a non-toxic, food grade substance that will leave your face feeling soft and supple afterwards). On top of the alginate, I'll place precut strips of plaster gauze. Once dry, the plaster gauze hardens, providing rigid support to the fine details captured in the alginate. Start to finish, making your face mold can take up to 30 minutes. After removing the "negative" cast from your face it will need an hour of additional air drying time. You'll be given ample time to relax and wash your face before moving on to the next step. During this waiting time, we will explore your internal experience of the casting process.

The next step is one you're welcome to watch. You're encouraged to ask any questions that arise. I'll be pouring liquid plaster into the cast which will then harden into a replica of your actual face. Drying time for liquid plaster is at least 24 hours. Before you leave, we will schedule an hour on another day to pick up your mask and talk about its effect on you.

Holding a three-dimensional replica of your face is powerful. As human beings we're surprised to view the actuality of our face because we've created and lived within an illusion -- our mask. We often feel ourselves to be physically larger than we actually are. At the same time, it forces us to see ourselves in a real and exacting way. The mask is a powerful means for opening us to deeper layers of consciousness. All of this will be explored while we're together.


The Death Mask - call or email for appointment

A death mask is a life-sized impression of a person's face immediately following death. The preservation of facial features in a death mask is a gift to the living and acts in a symbolic way to help us honor and understand a transition. For practical purposes, the process of making a death mask is the same as making a life mask, with one exception. As a family member of the deceased, you can assist in the maskmaking process. This offers an intimate way of saying goodbye to their physical body.

Throughout history, the need for us to memorialize those we love has brought about the creation of the death mask as a way to maintain the image that would otherwise fade with time. The mask enables us to connect to our deceased loved one--the look and feel of their skin, their expression and repose--and thus is a powerful tool for facing grief.

Throughout the year, I'm available to visit and get to know you and your loved one in your home or in a Hospice location. The price for this and a completed death mask is $300. Travel expenses are additional. To schedule an appointment, you can reach me by phone at (845) 943-0444 or by email at wendydrolma@gmail.com

End of life counseling and other services such as grief support are offered on an ongoing basis through the Black Plum Center in Chichester, New York.

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