Tribe Called Sepia

French artist Coco Fronsac finds sepia-toned vintage portraits and enhances them in various ways, primarily by painting over their faces with bright tribal masks. In this way, her characters become frozen in their elegant, shamanic finery, an unlikely meeting producing a magical veneer.

“This association between a mask and a portrait is a meeting,” says the Paris-based artist. “Masked, hidden, revised, they proudly wear a new face, that of the weird, the quirky, the humorous.”

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