Artist Making Masks Representing Top-10 Diseases In Alaska

Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage.
Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage.

On a recent sunny afternoon, Alaska Native mask carver Drew Michael puts the finishing touches on an enormous mask under a canopy in his backyard in east Anchorage. Michael is creating three foot by five foot wooden masks that will be painted by artist Elizabeth Ellis to represent the cells of the top ten diseases in Alaska for a show called Aggravated Organizms.

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