mask of Joe by Frank Holroyd made in Tangier in June 1967.
'An unnerving experience for me...the plaster being
put over my face didn't bother me much - though I had an overwhelming
desire to laugh at the rediculousness of it all - but when the
time came to fill my ear thus taking my sound as well as my vision
by half, I found the whole thing got very frightening and sinister.
Suddenly I wasn't in control any more. I didn't know what was
my invention and what was real. I had to insist on my ear not
being filled with plaster. Left Frank pottering around with the
finished mould. Though, as Kenneth said, "All the masks he
ever does look the same, so what is the point of taking an impression
of someone's face?"
Orton Diary 23rd June 1967
Image and Copyright details click on thumbnail