Kavi Gupta Editions together with artist Jeffrey Gibson have launched a Covid-19 Mask Project which features stunning limited artist’s editions of handmade, cotton face masks by Gibson. 100% of the proceeds from these colorful one-of-a-kind masks will be split between the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the NDN Collective.
Kavi Gupta ✕ Jeffrey Gibson Face Masks
The Chicago based art book and artist editions shop located in Chicago, Illinois has previously sold artist edition face masks in tie-dye and studded by artist Devan Shimoyama which sold out promptly. Now they are pleased to offer a series of limited artist’s edition of handmade, cotton masks by Jeffrey Gibson.
The Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee painter and sculptor is known for his colorful works which combine his Native American culture with contemporary Western influences.
“We’re living in a time when people should be wearing masks—period. Unforeseen, my tribe, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, has been hit hard by COVID-19. We’re a small tribe based in Central Mississippi. People aren’t able to work or make income. It means a lot to me to be able to raise money to help. The mask itself—whether you’re buying it as an artwork, or buying it to be worn—it’s an object of our time,” says Gibson.
100% of proceeds from mask sales will be donated, split between the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (www.choctaw.org) to aid with COVID-19 critical care response, and to NDN Collective (ndncollective.org), an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change.
“When I first started to think about making masks, my first thought was to work with the materials we already have in the studio. I’ve been making these quilts and all of the fabrics have different texts. They say things like DEFEND, WE’RE DIFFERENT, LOVE, and POWERFUL. The mask design goes from ear to ear, so the words sit right under the eyes. The words vary from mask to mask.
The masks are made from three panels of fabric, and have two colored cords that slip over the head and can be adjusted using wood sliding beads to tighten the mask or loosen it. There’s a little pointed area over your mouth and nostrils, beak like, so its not right up against your mouth. There is also a space inside for an insert. They’re all 100% cotton. I wanted something people could wash: hand wash, because of the beads.”
Masks cost $150.00 USD each and can be pre-ordered here
Note: Completing the preorder reserves a Jeffrey Gibson mask, made by the artist in a limited, varied edition of 100. Each mask is one of a kind.
Masks will ship in 2-3 weeks. For questions or changes to your preorder, please contact the gallery at [email protected].