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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Matthew Cowan



This publication presents two ongoing series of performative works: First, a series of performances by a figure in foliate masks constructed for a single image. Each image is composed at the threshold between the familiar and the unfamiliar, on the edge of urban space. Second, a series of full 'wildman' disguises processing the mythology of devils, fools and carnival figures as a means of navigating boundaries and transgressing natural laws. Such disguises and intentional awkward positioning reflect the boundaries of myth and folklore, an imaginary but universal realm.