In the latest instalment of its long, complex history, the mask has become emblematic of these troubled times. It seems the moth masks I created several years ago have finally come into their own. A spontaneous photograph, snapped during a recent studio clear up, has inadvertently spawned an ongoing series, COVERT COVID, a personal response to social distancing and life in lockdown.
Pictured top: Covert Covid 1: Self-portrait in Anaxidia lactea Moth Mask. (1)
The artist's studio, Ballarat East, Sunday, 19 April 2020.
(1) Anaxidia lactea mask, 2010, acrylic on found papier-mâché mask.