BJ Broekhuizen - 'Masks'

"A mask is suggested to confront the indignity and oppression suffered on a daily basis in an unjust society”

A mask transforms your persona, conjures up a certain atmosphere, and has an immediate impact. I've been fascinated by masks since my childhood. I find ethnographic cultures and rituals so interesting, anything that centres around bodies, faces and changed personas. It's a love that's been there forever. My paintings or drawings are a combination of mixed media works that involve oil, acrylic, inks and collage elements. Texture, surface treatments and colour are very important aspects of my work in order for each piece to have a very profound and compelling presence. Ultimately the masks are a symbol of protection, a talisman to ward off oppressive forces to you or the space they reside in.