Doug Wolff has a background in interior design, product design, and industrial design. As an engineer interacting with the physical world, Wolff has come to master a number of miscellaneous materials which he combines into a single work of art. His work is detail-heavy.
Wolff has come to enjoy and appreciate the artistic styles of ancient civilizations like those of the Mayans and the Aztecs. Wolff does not copy their work exactly, but simply allows them to inspire his masks. They look as though they might have been pulled out of an anthropological dig-site, but when placed side-by-side with authentic pieces, the differences are stark. Wolff’s mastery over materials make him an expert at mimicry, even though he’s simply allowing long-dead cultures to inspire him, rather than copy them perfectly. Doug’s mask pieces are about showing respect and paying homage to ancient peoples’, and keeping enough distance from cultural appropriation with the ambiguity he imbues within each piece.