Looking like large puppet heads, it was anima, the root of animation, that led me to the making of the big heads, (or capgrossos as they are called in Catalonia where I learned the craft.) Anima is the soul or what breathes life into a being and to animate an inanimate object, an artist must insert a little soul into it. However, to bring attention to what is invisible, (the soul), I chose to mold its opposite in solid form: the persona, the ego, the big head, the mask. Nearly every culture across the globe has masks. They allow performers to climb into the skin of another being and witness the others world from behind their eyes. While doing so, the mask erases all clues of the performers age, gender, species or race. In this regard, I find them to be the most transformative and empathic of all human artifacts.
For more information about my big heads, please go to my other site, (in the "Links" section of this website.) www.BigHeadBrigade.com