poster for Amsterdam KunstRai, 2015
Every year I try to find a personality that suits the time and culture of that moment. Designers, artists, culture popes and museum directors alternate. The game is to capture the personality in one image that communicates strongly on the street. Mask and human have to become one in a new composition. The spectator must be able to imagine who is behind the mask…. This year I was inspired by an exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem of earthenware masks that are among the oldest masks ever found. These masks, about 9,000 years old, were found in the hills of Judea. Their function is unknown, but it is assumed that we are dealing here with funerary ritual images. This roaring mask has a complex expression. On the one hand it seems to laugh, but at the same time the falling eyebrows express concern but also curiosity. The shape of the eyes is special, they are neither round nor oval. 3D printing made it possible to convert the image into a particularly convincing replica of the original. Man and mask look at us like a gaper. To make a modest reference to the Rijksmuseum, a simple millstone collar was folded from cardboard.