The Mask Makers continues the inspiration behind all of my paintings: the concept of identity and how it transforms.
The Mask Makers represent each of us as we define who we are as well as the people in our lives who contribute to how we see ourselves.
This series of paintings primarily focuses on the development of childhood identity which is nurtured or disrupted. We often live with a false sense of self until reaching a place of personal insight not controlled by the past.
I wanted to create work that could be viewed as whimsical but have a deeper layer of meaning. Using the heads of animals seemed like a great way to achieve this. The placement of a cat or a lamb on child’s head can look both silly and symbolic of identity traits the child is expressing and also wishing for.
The Mask Makers