Spider Bastardino

Artist/Painter Male Orlando, Florida, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/nothinghead
Mayhem # 1866776

About Me

MY name is Spider and I am an artist. I hold two Masters degrees in two separate artistic disciplines from the University of Central Florida. For the past decade, I’ve been developing a body of work based on the concept of time, in all of its various forms. My medium varies, but my work maintains its steady, overarching philosophies and core aesthetics. The ideas of entropy, growth, decay, evolution, arrested development, fragmented memories, and fugue states; all are considered through a personal filter that borders upon the dark and macabre.

Mainly these days, I make masks. I am always looking for models to wear them for gallery shows and portfolio shoots. I am also always on the lookout for talented, fine art photographers to work with. If you like my work and are interested in becoming involved, don't be afraid to be proactive and contact me. Often, if I meet somebody with the right look or attitude, it will inspire a new mask tailored just for that person, and a full show or shoot will soon follow.

Why masks? I think it is because masks both connect us and push us away from each other; they give us something we all share, because while many of us might grow up never leaving our home towns, or never learning to ride a bike or drive a manual car, or even never making love, we have all worn a mask, we’ve all hidden or pretended to be something we’re not.

They also create a barrier, a wall between the wearer and the people on the other side. They can expose us, by placing our secret selves on display for everyone to see, or help us obfuscate our natures even further. Hunters wear masks to trick prey into letting them get close, or to frighten predators and keep them from attacking. Police wear masks, but so do criminals.

When we wear a mask, we’re trying to be something else, and in that way there is nothing in the world makes us more human.

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