Doug Beube
Mask

2006
altered dictionary
12 x 7 x 7 in.
Portions of an English dictionary are cut away in the shape of an ellipse. The text block and the spine of the book are removed making it flexible, allowing the pages to be manipulated into different forms. Mounted on the wall the contortion of the book transforms it into the shape of mask. Pulled into a fixed position, the book appears to be tortured, reminiscent of circus contortionists that morph their bodies into impossible shapes or Japanese toys transformed into robotic monstrosities. Metaphorically the form references the misuse of words. Sometimes words get ‘twisted or masked’ either intentionally spoken to deceive or by misunderstanding their meanings.
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