In the reimagining of the human experience in relationship to new environmental adaptation – the mask becomes the symbol of one’s acquiescence to external forces imposed upon the self. I ask, if we must wear a mask, why not wear a mask that reflects the inner world of the true self?
I like to create my own interpretation of someone’s face. I like to look at my subject and create a mask that reflects my vision of their identity. I think the human face is boring. I want to see an amplified persona; a bigger spectacle of something that excites me in a new human form. If this cultural tabula rasa rewrites us, let it begin with all of us; as people, as faces, as identities. Let us remake each other completely - as art - beyond race, gender, flesh and beyond emotion.
If we are to embark on a cultural reset, let it be a total explosion of color and gesture of environmental form, conscious and unconscious expression.
I ask, if we must wear a mask as a condition of social interaction and acceptance into the commerce of exchange -why not a mask of one’s own creation? Cannot the individual become the environment - an entirely new identity – non-toxic – non-human – new material – new texture – new meat?
Can we not be something other than the imposed narrative?
In this moment of cultural transference of meaning wrapped in acceptance of the dominate message or as a symbol of resistance to hegemony of that message – the human face itself is a site of political agency.
As the son of an Anthropologist, I was raised to be an observer of the human experience. My career has been one of capturing, as An artist-photographer, the beauty of raw personality and exposing the complexities and difficulties within human constraint.
We are beautifully temporary and ultimately reusable. Does this render us as the last organic expression of cultural direction?
Starcevich Art - Manifesto, Miguel Starcevich