Nails in the Face

Random sketchs from 1995. The mask with the nails in it seems to be favorite theme of mine. I first saw the nails-in-the-head motif on an African fetish in a museum. The idea was that you’d write a wish on a strip of cloth, wrap the cloth around a nail, then pound the nail into this wooden head sculpture and this would induce/request the spirits/gods to grant the wish. Clive Barker was apparently inspired by the same idea when he created Pinhead