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Katherine Sherwood Mask Set

$ 28.00

Fabric face coverings made from 100% cotton. Choose between small, medium and large size, and elastic straps that go over your head or loop around your ears. Printed, cut and sewn in San Francisco. Mask set contains two masks. 


Katherine Sherwood’s lush depictions of human and botanical forms typically incorporate medical imagery, including the artist’s own MRI brain scans. Her print for Open Editions is drawn from her recent series Brain Flowers.  This design was commissioned in partnership with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

 “Sherwood’s insightful depictions of disability and use of found material, are further deepened by her ongoing homage to women artists of the 17th century Baroque period. Her series, Brain Flowers, borrows imagery from the works of Maria van Oosterwyck, Maria Sybilla Marian, Rachel Ruysch, Josefa de Obidos, and Giovanna Garzoni, among others. Sherwood’s interpretation of traditional vanitas paintings are twofold. Not only does she give new life to the work of women artists before her, who rarely received due recognition in their time, but she also speaks to the power of survival in the face of harsh certainties. Sherwood uses the genre’s historical language, wherein opulent floral arrangements and table scenes allude to the inevitability of death, but to a more nuanced end. Ultimately, the incorporation of brain imagery lends these works a sense of transience. She writes, “If the skull suggests death in these historical paintings, then what do brains do? I used to think my use of brain-related imagery was an indicator of joyous life, but as time passes, I see its utility as a representation of life and death.” (from the Press Release of Brain Flowers, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, July 2020)

Sherwood is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles and George Adams Gallery in New York. 

See this print on a bandana here


We expect current orders will ship in about 5 days from order, but it may take longer. First ordered first shipped. If you want to cancel before they ship just email us. No cancelling, refunds, returns or exchanges after shipment.  

  • Made from two layers of a tight weave 100% cotton. 
  • Size info and photos here. Masks will shrink a bit in the first wash. 
  • Please wash and dry masks before using, and wash and dry, or thoroughly steam iron them between uses. Print will fade with repeated washing. We recommend washing masks in a mesh bag as you would wash delicates, or hand wash and hang to dry to prolong the lifespan as the elastic straps can get caught in washing machines. 
  • Masks have a wire nose bridge which helps keep the top part of the mask snug to the nose. Adjust this by gently bending the wire to fit your face/nose.

The CDC has recommended wearing fabric face coverings, read their recommendations here. These masks are NOT a substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks and are NOT FDA approved. Not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure any disease or health condition, and not intended for use by children under 12 years old. While wearing any mask, you should follow CDC guidelines of 6 feet of separation, washing hands thoroughly, and not touching your face. For personal use only and cannot be returned or exchanged.