Behind the Wooden Mask, works by Paul Lewin


Behind the Wooden Mask: Works by Paul Lewin
November 4, 2016 – January 14, 2017
Opening reception: November 4, 2016
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
We are excited to welcome artist Paul Lewin back to Betti Ono with his second solo exhibition, “Behind the Wooden Mask”:
“In many cultures of Africa and the African diaspora, ceremonial masks are sacred portals to the surrounding spirit world. Masks are used in many social, spiritual, and religious ceremonies. In these events, it is said that the one who wears the mask becomes possessed by it’s spirit. They are transformed into a sort of medium, allowing for dialogue between the spirits, the community, the ancestors, and the natural world. In our daily lives we are surrounded by spirits, gods, goddesses and the souls of departed members of our community. Behind the wooden mask this world comes alive. A place where there is no boundary between the living and the dead. Where the spirits of the animals, the forces of nature, and the ancestors are all held in sacred regard. Behind the wooden mask we are able to tap into the collective memory of Africa and express it through our traditional forms of art, music, dance, and ritual. The paintings in this series are inspired by our connection and interaction with the natural and the spiritual. Each piece attempts to blur the lines between our world and that of the world of the spirits. Behind the wooden mask we go within, to the eternal. And we go home.”
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