Masquerade (2019)

In life, we wear many masks. The parts we choose to hide and reveal can be deceiving. 

Working grande-scale (approximately 5x4ft), I wanted to explore themes of identity and how we choose to reveal and conceal parts of ourselves from the world. These ideas culminated into a self-portrait where I am holding an intricate mask, partially hiding and exposing myself to the viewer. 

 

This play between hiding and revealing reflects on the idea of fifteenth century masquerades, where party-goers would wear elaborate masks to conceal their identity. However, in my modern rendition, I am focusing more on the individual's role in this process and hope to provoke the viewer to ask: What is this person really feeling? What are they really experiencing?