Moquino, Ty – Mask “Key Ascension” (Age 17)
Ty Moquino is a son of noted potter Jennifer Moquino. At only 17 years old he is making some creative pottery! This is one of his clay masks. They are inspired by the science fiction he has read, along with being a commentary on the environment, sustainability and even imagery from Standing Rock. This mask is “Key Ascension”, which reflects the unique style of the eyes on the mask. Note how the eyes connect to the mouth/respirator signifying how we say what we see. There are additional black-on-black painted rain designs. The remainder is matte and polished. The mask received a blue ribbon at the 2019 Santa Fe Indian Market in Youth Division. There are also photos of the mask being made, which are always interesting. It is a creative and thoughtful piece as part of his mask series. It is great to see new work from his young potter. Ty won the “Best of Youth” award at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2017 for one of his masks! It is signed on the back. The piece can include a metal stand upon request for an additional cost.