Culture Masks, 2015 – 2022
From The Museum Studies Series
This series of paintings extends my exploration of artifacts and artworks once again layered through the system of the museum display. The mask image addresses the visual, conceptual, and metaphorical representation of this cross-cultural trope. The masks serve as a surrogate for an iconic spirit-based portrait represented through various cultural lenses and histories. The masks serve as a container for archetypes of human nature and various systems of belief as represented by spirits, devils, saints, warriors, and clowns. These masks have all been isolated and removed from their original function and context. When they are encased behind the museum’s vitrines they are recharged with new meaning.