Monday, 27 June 2011

Look In & Jump Out

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
- James Arthur Baldwin

St. Ann - Jump Out Yourself

St. Ann - Jump Out Yourself_detail

I'm fascinated by the dynamics of masking and unmasking, to be literal; the faces we wear and why and when and how we wear them. I have several I think, as do many of us. Sometimes we all want to be unrecognizable, a deliberate riddle or barely concealed as if wearing wax.

I'd been feeling a little constricted recently by my own ideas of meaning and relevance. I had forgotten the advice I read in a Marie Claire magazine (I think) when I was probably 15, "Do what you love and the rest comes." I focussed externally, on what I thought I was being perceived as and not on finding my voice. That's not usual for me and I was, for a while, pretty annoyed with myself.

I received an email today from someone who has not only encouraged me before but who made me realise why I want to do this. I have to do, the rest is there, coming.

I'm looking in and jumping out.

Been listening to 3 Canal's Over Me all day.


DASI GLAM said...

I hear you. Love the expression on the face after taking off the mask.

DASHEEN magazine said...

How did you know? <3

mysskay said...

LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

i love this, brianna!!

Cliviaalana said...

This is so awesome!
When I design costumes I usually start with a point of inspiration. I LITERALLY wanted to rip this off the screen and put it in my Precious scrapbook.
I love it. I love it!
thanks for sharing it.

tracy j said...

i have been thinking [on again off again] recently, that i need to wear glasses. i feel that people would take me seriously if i wore it, plus when i took it off to emphasize a point, they would understand i mean business.

great... another mask to put on.

Rexi44 said...

Love the images, the thought, everything.

Rustam Ali said...

Just awesome work that is, thanks for sharing.
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