The prompt for the latest challenge was "Opposites Attract." I had a few ideas about this prompt: Yin and Yang, and a few others. I finally settled on making a quilt from a small stained glass art piece I purchased at a gift shop on the Oregon Coast many years ago. I have no information about the original artist. It used to hang in my office when I was a social worker in private practice, and so Tragedy and Comedy were the "opposites" I chose for my piece.
Here's an image of the Tragedy Comedy masks gleaned from the Creative Commons website:
There's a good article explaining the history and meaning of the Comedy and Tragedy theater masks. In a nutshell:
[T]heatre masks were used by actors during performances so as to clearly depict emotions to every member of the audience, even one who was sitting in the seats far away from the stage. The large faces added a sense of exaggeration to the actors’ emotions, which helped them convey their emotions to the entire open-air theatre. These masks also allowed actors to play characters independent of age and gender, as all the actors in ancient Greek theatre were always men. Theatre masks allowed them to play female roles with ease. Similarly, one actor could play more than one character with the help of these masks.
Working from a photographic enlargement, stained glass applique was the obvious choice to recreate this piece. First, I traced a pattern from a photograph. I gave a little extra room for the "leading" in the stained glass.