It started in my sketchbook, when I took the advice of my tutor to work on my drawing. I started with some drawing exercises from 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' by Betty Edwards 1979 HarperCollins.
|After: Grace in the car|
|Before - self-portrait|
|Mask - pencil on watercolour|
|Mask - paper collage|
|Mask sketches in sketchbook|
This links to an article about the enduring interest of masked portraits. Also see the Elle article about Maison Martin Marghiela this month.
Dorothee van Biesen 'blurring the line between protection and ornament at Collect 2014.
I did some photos of myself with shadows and brightness in different areas to help me explore the shapes of faces, and also thinking of the shadow as mask.
Putting these photos up brings into focus one of the issues that the image of a mask could illuminate - how much or how little we show of ourselves in public.
Until now I have been very reticent, almost paranoid, about showing what I really look like on this blog. Or on the internet as a whole. While at the same time wanting to be sincere.
Ironically, it is a project about masks that has brought this into focus and made me finally put my face on the blog.
I still prefer the photo on the right, though!