What can a face reveal to the public?

It could demonstrate calm professionalism or unshakable confidence. Those are acceptable. But we certainly do not want to show the judging public our fear, doubt, panic or physical frailty. Demonstratively we are perfect beings that comply with society’s expectations even when internally we want to scream, cry or give in to panic.

The piece belongs to the series Demonstration. The paintings of the series represent, on the one hand, emotions that we would like to hide and struggle with internally, on the other hand, emotions that we gladly show to the world. We represent ourselves as happy, self-confident and successful. Internally, we go through disappointment, pain, despair and anger.