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Classical Facets: The Art Portfolio of Francesca Profili

An art print depicting a sculpted maskWater Art Mask, art print on canvas

Francesca Profili creates painted mask sculptures that project landscapes and scenery onto human faces, combining two classical facets of painting into a very contemporary whole.

An art print depicting a mask reflected in still waterStill Water Mask, art print on canvas


The artist’s masks have a theatrical edge, but a different function than the masks of Pamela Schuller, for example. Francesca’s masks aren’t meant to be worn but rather seen from the outside, as sculptural objects. The faces seem to lend personality to the landscapes and natural elements that merge with them, creating a spiritual feeling – like the faces represent mythological figures or deities interacting with certain landscapes.

The front page of Francesca Profili's art websiteFrancesca's art portfolio website


Francesca’s text relating to each mask artwork tells a unique story that reinforces this spiritual side of the sculptures. Each one comes with a dense, rich symbolic background – the viewer can opt to read these texts to enrich their own understanding pf the artwork, before or after forming their own unique interpretations.

A sculpture with a mask and found woodTruth, acrylic paint, composite paper, clay laminate, natural wood

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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