JAN KIRSTEIN

MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS

Pandemic Masks

 

To me, these images represent my perceptions of the collective subconscious during the emergence and continuation of the 2020 Pandemic. Wearing masks is part of our new reality. As we wear masks today to protect ourselves and others from spreading the virus, the African masks in these images were originally created to wear in ceremonies to connect with deceased ancestors in the spirit world. 

I created these prints digitally from photos of masks I own or have found, combined with photos of pieces of my paintings made from acrylic paint, pastel, and conte crayon on paper. I have combined these into collages whose purpose is to allow the release of fear and anxiety emerging in the world through the confrontation of our collective fears.

So the mask can either screen or block what is behind the mask, or the mask can reveal what is in the subconscious mind, that which is behind the mask.