That’s scary mommy!

Art appreciation 101 at York College requires making a sculpture at home.  I wanted to do more than a mask and my wonderful sister Suz volunteered to be the model.

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Suz sat patiently while I added more and more plaster to her head.  I estimate it took over an hour to sculpt the helmet and another half hour with a hair dryer to set it.  What Suz didn’t know was the process of creating it would be much easier on her than when it came time to remove it from her head.  Let’s just say she lost some hair over the ordeal.  😉

Once I tore that mask off her head (not exaggerating) and removed the lining I could tell my vision was coming together.  I love my sister to pieces and wanted this to have a real meaning for her, other than just pain.

I walked all over my parents property and down at Beaver Hole looking for the perfect vines to add to my piece.  I had a name for it already chosen.  “MeSuza” after the Greek mythology goddess, Medusa.  I was fortunate MeSuza didn’t turn me to stone for ripping so much hair off of her head.

Stone Cold

I hand-carved and painted each snake, with a total of eleven in all.  Each one was unique.  None of the snakes have pieces glued to them.  The tongues and rattles are all carved out of the native vines of Dover, PA.  The mask portrayed a winter scene, cold and barren with the snakes slithering in and out.  The inside was snakes in a summer setting.  The mask represented both seasons as a sculpture in the round.  At every angle a different snake looks back with an evil glare, inside and out.  The snakes that are not vines are hot glue that I drizzled onto the mask then painted.  I can’t even begin to guess how many hours I put into this piece, but it was worth every second!

To wear the helmet, some snakes had to be removed.  When it’s not on a human head, the snakes can be moved around for a new look.  I received an A+ on my sculpture and a 4.0 in the Intro to Art course.  😉



Summer of snakes

The model who wears it the best! Love ya Sis!

Tesla is no longer afraid of MeSuza!

Future posts of art work to come!




FUNDRAISER~Original Art on sale at York College

Want to own original artwork by professional artists at a MUCH LOWER COST?
Art Sale Fundraiser in the York College Galleries (Wolf Hall)   

Gallery director Matthew Clay-Robison has filled the gallery with original prints (woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, silkscreens, etc) that are being offered in exchange for donations to help one of his former students pay for his cancer treatments.


The student, Todd Gerundo, was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma cancer of the left hand in March of 2010. In order to contain the disease, Todd’s arm was amputated and he underwent 4 months of rigorous chemotherapy treatments. During his treatment Todd has gone deeply into debt and while his health recovers he and his friends have begun a fundraising campaign to help him pay off his medical bills and outstanding debts. The prints in the gallery are being offered in exchange for small donations, making this an excellent opportunity to begin an art collection at a very low cost. Most of the prints were made by Prof. Clay-Robison and his former students at University of Maryland, Moore College of Art, and Bloomsburg University. Many of these artists have begun careers as professional artists in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and DC. The suggested donation for small prints is $10 or 3/$25 (as opposed to $250-750 in a professional gallery,) though some prints are of a higher quality than others and smaller donations are certainly welcome.

The fundraiser will run from July 16 – 23 during normal work hours. If you would like to make a donation you can leave a check made out to Matthew Clay-Robison in the donation box or use the computer in the gallery to make a direct online donation. If you have any questions, please email

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