Corey Bulpitt (Haida)
Alder, acrylic, tanned halibut leather, abalone
10.5″ x 7.25″ x 6″ (26.67 x 18.42 x 15.24 cm)
In the guise of MF Doom, British rapper Daniel Dumile assumes an alter ego as he dons a metal gladiator mask, transforming his stage presence into an inimitable persona. For the MF Doom character, Dumile created a backstory referenced through a series of albums. As both ‘story’ and ‘performance’ are front-and-center when it comes to MF Doom’s melodic wordplay, heady references, and undulating beats, his gladiator mask becomes the ideal subject for Corey to carve.
With his use of deep red hues, sharp angular features, and an abalone set in the center of the mask, Corey’s interpretation of the iconic mask is rendered Haida. As an exploration of the direct influence of hip hop in his own work, Corey tackles the diverse subject matter while maintaining the Northwest Coast value of communicating narrative through mask-making— defining his innovative style of translating the iconic hip hop reference through each cut incised by his carving tools.