Life Masks
March 9, 2022 | Cronkite News
Scottsdale artist Robert Sutz casts the faces of Holocaust survivors, liberators and righteous gentiles into “life masks” to preserve their stories for future generations.
Artist Robert Sutz uses his thumb to shape a plaster bandage around Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s nose at his studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz uses his thumb to shape a plaster bandage around Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s nose at his studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz reaches for a plaster strip at his studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. The strips are the same cloth material medical personnel use to make casts for broken bones, he says. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz reaches for a plaster strip at his studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. The strips are the same cloth material medical personnel use to make casts for broken bones, he says. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz layers strips of wet plaster bandages onto Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s face at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. The material takes about 40 minutes to dry. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz layers strips of wet plaster bandages onto Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s face at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. The material takes about 40 minutes to dry. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
With the help of a paint brush, Robert Sutz places a plaster bandage on Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s ear at his studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
With the help of a paint brush, Robert Sutz places a plaster bandage on Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s ear at his studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz removes a dried life mask from Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s face at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. For approximately 30 years, Sutz has made life masks of about 200 other “Holocaust survivors, liberators and righteous gentiles.” (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz removes a dried life mask from Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger’s face at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. For approximately 30 years, Sutz has made life masks of about 200 other “Holocaust survivors, liberators and righteous gentiles.” (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Robert Sutz looks at some of his completed life masks at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. He began making the masks in the 1990s while working for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Robert Sutz looks at some of his completed life masks at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. He began making the masks in the 1990s while working for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz sits in his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022, next to several of his oil paintings. The two large paintings to his left and right will become part of a 42-foot art installation depicting the horrors of the Holocaust. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)
Artist Robert Sutz sits in his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022, next to several of his oil paintings. The two large paintings to his left and right will become part of a 42-foot art installation depicting the horrors of the Holocaust. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)