Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica
January 7 – 22, 2023
Natural wonders of the tropical rainforest as depicted on the handcrafted masks of the Indigenous artists of Boruca, Costa Rica was on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts from January 7-22, 2023. The cultural practice of mask-making honors the heritage of the Borucan people and reflects the strong connection they maintain with their beautiful natural environment.
Hundreds of spectacular masks displayed were abound with plants and animals which often intertwined in complex compositions that heighten the dimensionality of the works. Integrated with the masks on the walls were colorful graphics, based on actual artist sketches, which highlight the common motifs of the orchid, butterfly, hummingbird, frog, sloth, jaguar, and warrior.