Artist : Beau Dick #beaudick #art #sculpture #photography @pjlarocque. One of the extraordinary exhibition rooms is Undersea Kingdom. Arranged in a circle are 18 masks on stands and two on the walls that recreate Dick’s last major installation: documenta 14 in Athens, Greece. Dick’s evocative masks created a stir in Europe.
Dick had planned to dance the masks at documenta to put them in cultural context but died before he was able to do that.
Dick does make an appearance in the documenta room as the “action figure” on the back of a whale mask. Portrayed as the artist-animator of his own work, he’s shown holding the string that would make the mask’s fins and tail flap in a performance. Dick’s traditional name was Walis Gwy’um or big, great whale.