Photo by Maureen Garrett
by Maureen Hoffman Garrett.
Over the years, Mariposa has made three trips back to Burning Man, and was often invited to raves (parties) throughout the 90's. She was a part of the altar room during Verbum's Be-In, January 9, 1997.
Materials: "Mariposa" the alien, was made out of recycled materials, including an
old-fashioned broken mannequin, without hands or head, with removable arms and one leg,
and a short neck who was given to me by a dear friend Helene, now residing in Colorado. Her head was
made from a gifted, yet torn and old hollow and decaying rubber mask from the film Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, which
I altered significantly, using plaster of Paris, spackle, and insulating foam. The goal was to create a unique and beautiful female alien face and to make it
unrecognizable from the original mask. Her hands were fashioned from an
old pair of rubber gloves. Various paints were used, including
exterior house, primer, and airbrushed fluorescents. Other materials
included bolts, bottle caps, epoxy and tons of sand paper.