Mask - Matthew Dicks
Mask - Matthew Dicks

Mask - Matthew Dicks

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The mask is a powerful motif that we find often in Matthew’s
works. Obsessed with his cultural identity as an African
American, the mask has the dual function of identifying as well
as concealing. Embracing the art form of mask making into
painting, Matthew can maintain a tradition ingrained in his
West African DNA while addressing contemporary subjects. In
“Mask” we have a self-portrait of the artist, with a humorous
right hand in the act of either removing or putting on the mask.
A reference to the dilemma black people have of revealing or
concealing themselves in white America.