MAKE AT HOME | Animal Eye Mask

with Astro Morphs

During their studio residency at PICA, Astro Morphs developed a series of online art-making activities where art and science converge.

 

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Overview

Astro Morphs’ productions and art works are inspired by biology. Have fun creating your own mask, while exploring the different structures and functions of different species eyes.

 

You will need

  • A cardboard coffee cup holder
  • Ping pong ball or, milk bottle lids or, any other round recyclable product
  • scissors
  • glue
  • elastic
  • internet access

 

Steps

  1. Paint cardboard coffee cup holder.
  2. Do a search and investigate different animal pupils and choose one for your mask.
  3. Paint or draw a pupil of your choice onto a ping-pong ball/milk bottle lid or any other round object of your choice. These will be the eyeballs of your mask.
  4. Glue your homemade eyeballs onto the painted cardboard coffee cup holder.
  5. Attach elastic or string to the side of the mask so you can wear it.
  6. Use the mask to perform in!

  

Reflection

Consider the pupils you chose for your mask:

  • How do different animal pupils differ?
  • How does pupil structure affect their function?
  • What environment does the animal you chose live in?
  • How do their unique eyes help them in their environment?

 

Mask examples and alternatives

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  • Astro Morphs are an audio-visual collaboration initiated in 2016 by Perth duo James Doohan and Bianca Sharkey, operating under the pseudonyms Yow and Sox.

    James Doohan graduated from Edith Cowan University (ECU) with a Honours Degree in Visual Arts in 2006. He has since participated in several group exhibitions including the Hatched National Graduate Exhibition at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2007) and Coming Unstuck at Free Range Gallery (2015). In collaboration with Perth music label Badminton Bandit, Doohan released the book Mystery Meats in 2010 presenting a collection of his drawings and poster designs.

    Bianca Sharkey is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at ECU after graduating with a Bachelor of Communications (Major in Scriptwriting and Minor in Creative Writing) also at ECU in 2011. Sharkey has also previously trained in classical ballet (Vaganova method) and performed as a songwriter.

    Astro Morphs was nominated for Best Musical at its debut at Fringe World Festival Perth, in 2017. In January 2018 part two Astro Morphs: Crash land was performed at the Blue Room Theatre. The third instalment, Astro Morphs: Ascension, was part of an installation at Cool Change Contemporary Gallery, Perth, WA, 2018; Art not Apart festival, at the National Film and Archive, ACT, 2019; Other Suns: Sci-Fi Cult Cinema & Art, Fremantle Art Centre, WA, 2019; and Chin Chin Wall of Art, Melbourne, 2019. In late 2019 Astro Morphs performed at Pig Melon Art Gallery in support of Manta Ray Martin. Astro Morphs: Ctrl+H is currently in development and will be displayed in an exhibition at Heathcote Cultural Precinct in May 2020.

    Astro Morphs continues to release zines via the Sticky Institute (Melbourne) and a webcomic on Instagram.

  • INSTRUCTIONS

    Download the written instructions here.

    Watch the instruction video here.