A friend told me once the reason behind the abundance of face masks here was just due to courtesy, a simple conscientiousness of our contagions and their distribution. I took it as a polite, be it somewhat overly cautious, gesture and that was that, but one day I asked an acquaintance donning one of these masks how ill she was feeling, she said, "not at all, I just felt like wearing it". The masks have transfixed me ever since. If to some they operate as fashion statements what if they're wearing the mask more often then they're not? What would that life be like? These and other thoughts served as impetus for this painting, but my curiosity towards the masks is yet to be satiated.
I paint film stills of sorts, snapshots of humans in the midst of daily life with often surreal twists.