There’s something profound and unexpectedly soulful about the facial expressions of these masks, made by Latvian papier mâché artist, Mimmi. Her Etsy shop, MiesmesaBerni, is full of unique, believable-looking masks. While they look like they belong in the original 1973 movie Wicker Man, Mimmi’s motivation goes much deeper than costumes typically do:
“I fell in love with the idea to become someone that you are not able to be in this life time. Personally, I knew that I didnt want to be a superhero. I want to be something different, something from the old days. Most of us are wearing masks sometimes. For a better world – leave on the mask you need.”
I suspect not everyone would find the world improved if people walked around in these beautiful-yet-creepy things. They are nonetheless remarkable works of art, even if they do inspire some peculiar and menacing dreams.