Indigenous Peoples Mask by DaleAnn Royster
2018 | approx. 31 length x 12 width x 7 depth inches | signed by the artist
Retired New Orleans educator DaleAnn Royster was inspired to create masks using the leaf sheaths of the Queen Anne palm tree (Syagrus Romanzoffiana) after appreciating how art can evolve from using various found objects.
She began collecting the triangular shaped leaf sheaths in 2012. As they accumulated, she began painting them, eventually incorporating her jewelry designs, semi- precious stones, packing materials, copper wire, glass beads, knitting, and crochet. The shape and color of each leaf sheath dictates what materials are best suited for it.