What’s Behind the Mask?

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

A3, Pencil Drawing

 

’ I believe that every one of us wear some kind of mask used on various occasions. Wearing a mask may initially sound deceptive or manipulative,  but this is not always the case.  As humans, we judge. And because of this it is sometimes necessary to wear a mask, to hide what we may be ashamed of. It may be an illness, a broken heart, hurt, pain or problem we just can not face.  We may have the mask on so tight that others really cannot see what is behind it.

I wanted to explore the notion that a person’s choice in life, whether harmful or disturbing, may be guided by what is underneath their mask, their problems, something we as an outsider may not be able to understand. In Poland I studied International Connections and had a subject related to psychology, I was trying to understand  peoples behaviours and have learned that body language reveals much.  I came to the conclusion that we all have masks because many times we are just too afraid to show our real soul.

My hope is that people will be less judgmental  about others as sometimes even if someone behaves really inappropriately there might be a deeper reason that is invisible to the outsider.

It is true that I spend up to 3 weeks of constant work on one drawing, I can spend hours drawing one eye and I am continusly looking at it and wonder ‘Who is looking back at me?’ So you see, much the same as the mask, our perception is not always reality, we don’t always know the history or what lies beneath as it is hidden by a mask or maybe by our inability to see.