The giant wool and foam needle-felted masks of Pennsylvania-based British artist Paolo Del Toro – mythical faces with expressions varying from vacant serenity to horror, reminiscent of Japanese Noh theatre masks. Del Toro describes his work thus:

I try to find a place in my sculptures that unifies beauty and ugliness. That’s not to say finding somewhere in the middle, but rather finding the place where both coexist at the same time…


23 thoughts on “Boo!

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Ah Neilo, brother barnabas’ side of the side barely cold and you’re making your move….

          2. Neilo

            I’m not ‘inside baseball’ enough to catch the reference – did BB share my trademarked blend of misanthropy, bonhomie and appalling wordplay?

          3. mildred st. meadowlark

            I love her. She’s an amazing actress.

            Fell in love with her portrayal of Jane Eyre opposite Toby Stevens. She was the very epitome of Jane.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I now read and say “epitome” as my mate said it (incorrectly on purpose) without a whit of irony. eppy-tome

          5. Neilo

            I know it’s old hat but wouldn’t herself and Michelle Monaghan make a great set of fraternal(?) twins in a film that will only ever appear in my, ah, downstairs brain.

          6. Neilo

            Pronouncing it hyperbowl goes back to the days of Doug and Dinsdale Piranha, Bertie. It’s a mispronunciation with provenance.

          7. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Gas! I looked up that Ethel the Frog thing when I explained to Mildred what I’d done to Brother Barnabas (nailed his head to the coffee table). That’s my favourite MP sketch.
            “He was a cruel man, but fair.” “In a fit of pique, he napalmed Cheltenham”.
            I quote from it a lot, and nobody ever gets it. Sigh.

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