Mask for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change

Ximena Briceno


Weston, ACT, Australia

8 x 7 7 x 2.3

Photo credit: XN Briceno

Masks for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change, 2020

Australia has always been at the vanguard even when wearing masks. Australia began wearing masks and respirators in the ACT early in December 2019 as the devastating fires of what it is now known as the Black Summer 2020 creeped on. Later, a global pandemic hit the world, and the face mask became ubiquitous yet required accessory for protection. In this instance, I recurred to the Eucalyptus leaf and started once again roll-printing as I did it 16 years ago. I reflect in the challenges we have ahead, and I find inspiration from the beauty found in landscape I am surrounded by.

My core career interests lie in the history of art and its nexus with trade, including the fine arts, crafts, jewellery and precious metal work developed by different cultures. In 2004 I established my studio Ximena Joyas in Canberra, Australia, and continue to make, research and to collaborate with other artisans and filigree makers.

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