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Jillian Bonahoom (USA)

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She lives and teaches in Washington DC.

 Robert Hughes makes a quite interesting remark, "In "normal" portraiture, a tacit agreement between painter and subject allows the sitter to mask himself and project this mask--of success, of dignity, of beauty, of role--upon the world."  I read this statement with great emphasis on the word "mask".  I constantly involve myself in the theatre arena.  Having performed, and seen many others perform, I am attracted in this idea of the "mask".  I am greatly interested in not only portraying people in their natural environment and emphasizing their own character, but also the masks that often can be exaggerations of these expressions.  or completely in contrast to the actual persona of the individual.  My work investigates these different expressions and plays upon the instinctual human ability to connect with other humans.  

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