Tag @paolonutini for his beautiful work on this song.
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I am fascinated by counter-will; the idea that at any given moment we have two contrasting wills, both seeking realization in action.
In this piece, I wanted to explore what "putting on a face" means. Applying makeup is an incredibly personal experience, the private environment contributing to its intimacy. We stand in front of a mirror and actually take time to look ourselves in the eyes. I find that moment to be very revealing because you cannot hide from your own eyes. Whatever desires or fears or disappointments you keep quiet within you make their way to the surface of your gaze. The longer you stand gazing at yourself, coloring and drawing on this facial canvas, the longer you are required to see your own eyes. There is an incredible juxtaposition to the vulnerability that surfaces as you apply this mask. "Putting on a face" implies that you are wearing a new identity, and I believe that to be true because so rarely do we interact with the world with complete truth, surrendering our thoughts and feelings to those around us. I am intrigued by the notion of makeup used as a tool to hide alongside a bathroom used to experience a private, honest moment. I used this piece as a medium to bring to life the fight between the inside and the outside. The contrasting wills that find their way to a face. The song is "Better Man" by the brilliant and soulful Paolo Nutini.