Portraits of Young Artists
The mask is perhaps the most evocative manifestation of the human capacity to capture, and disguise, our own essence in art. More physical and three dimensional than the painting or photograph, the mask is an personification, a decoration or a protection for our most significant physical aspect, that which gives form to our individual physical presence and perception of who we are - our face. Masks can project our inner feelings or hide them. Masks can shield us from danger or can suggest danger to others. They can be part of our assumption of what we would like to be, or of what we fear we may become. We can laugh at the mask, or run screaming from it. And the mask can transform its wearer so as to assume the character of a very different person or of a being from some other world.