Canadian, b. 1942
Night Landing Mask, 1982
silverpoint, graphite, Fiberglas, leather, steel, polyester resin, fibre optics, bone, electrical components
66.5 x 63.2 x 43 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the Volunteer Committee to the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Don Proch’s sculptural assemblages are strongly tied to his childhood experiences in rural Manitoba, in particular his exploration of the abandoned village of Asessippi. In 1970 he began to incorporate the old wood, machinery, and animal bones found in this area into his art. Night Landing Mask is a product of combining both organic and technological materials to comment on the relationship between people and the land. Drawn on the surface of the mask in silverpoint and graphite is the prairie landscape, which has served as a constant source of inspiration for the artist. His preoccupation with distance and the apparent endlessness of space is a visual reflection of his life experiences of growing up on the Prairies.