We wear masks and often wear masks to cover the mask we only want partly seen. We hide parts of ourselves in shadows to keep up false mysteries. We turn our faces and bodies to de-emphasize the faults we see in ourselves, or to highlight what we like the most. We make-up or tan ourselves to blur ethnicity and cultural values. We hide under so many masks, we sometimes get lost to who we are. At this point, are we ourselves? This figure is doing all of these at the same time. We have to question who they are. And if we allow our compassion to come through, we must ask why they are hiding.

I purposefully started with light rubbings of charcoal and them blurred with multiple layers of conte. Followed by the use of the blending pencil.

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