About the Artist


Much gratitude to the following:

  • The Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and Oregon's coastal beaches; the ancient geologic residues of Pacific Northwestern volcanoes and glacial floods; the fog-moist forests of cedar, spruce, fern and moss, the wide-skied oak woodlands vivid with wildflowers, and the other-than-human kin interwoven with all these places.

  • The Chinook Nation, whose unceded territory includes Portland.

  • Aotearoa, land of te iwi Maori (the Maori people), land of my birth, and final resting place of my most recent ancestors: Dutch, English, Scottish, Polish and Jewish immigrants.

  • The Echoes in Time ancestral skills gathering, Rewild Portland, and Oregon Metro's Nature University naturalist training program for nature connection, mentoring, and community.

  • Photographer Charles Fréger and his book Wilder Mann, for presenting masks as a traditional art form in the context of European culture.

  • Dell'Arte alumni Colin Gee and his 1993 show Uncommon Extremities for inspiring a life's study of masks and mask-making.

  • Brian and Wendy Froud and Mike McCormick (mask-makers for the Jim Henson film Labyrinth) for sparking my earliest interest in masks at the age of 11 (and for their lovely in-person encouragement many years later).

  • My partner Rick and our son Moebius, and my parents Jan and Al, for their creative support, patience and love.

Moni Johanna Sears

September 2021