Holding LEAP sessions virtually, Resident Teaching Artists Sarah Paulsen and Alexis Rivierre introduced the young artists to comics and mask making as forms and means of expression. Together they explored zines, graphic novels, the history and customs of masks, as well as contemporary artists whose practices engage with character, narrative, and performance. To create the artworks on view, LEAP artists applied fundamental techniques learned through a sequenced building of both material and conceptual processes. The artists found the shapes of their own stories in such forms as comic strips, mixed media masks, and virtual performances.
LEAP Middle School Initiative: enMask & Mythos is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Jason Vasser-Elong and José Garza, current and former Museum Educators, respectively.