Mask Series No. 10
- Zeng Fanzhi, Chinese, 1964
- Born: Wuhan, China
- Work Locations: Beijing, China
Zeng Fanzhi, Mask Series No. 10, 1998. Oil paint on canvas, 70 ¾ x 78 ¾ in.
Masks became powerful symbols for Zeng Fanzhi, who used them to explore individuality and express the alienation he experienced when he moved to Beijing. “I saw myself in that mask, saw that in my heart there were a lot of complexities,” he said.
The masks might imply that the figures are concealing their true selves, but Zeng’s statement suggests more complicated realities of human existence. Given their clothing, postures, and masked expressions, what story do you think Zeng is telling?
© Zeng Fanzhi
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