Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:27 PM
People try to distinguish themselves from one another with clothing, make-up, hair styles and jewelry. But do all these accessories just enable people to hide their real selves? Do we ever see the person underneath? What causes a human being to want to hide behind a mask? To what extent are we actually different from one another? If you omit all the things that can be used as a mask, I believe that we are more alike than we are different. Ego just stands in the way.
I want to depict real people, completely stripped of accessories with only their essence remaining. The result is a rollercoaster of emotions. My paintings portray tales full of contradictions. They tell of loneliness and togetherness, doubt and progression, violence and love, openness and hiding, struggle and consolation.