In the Middle ...
In the middle of what? Somewhere. Something. Wherever, whatever this middle is, we keep moving through it because we have to. Inertia isn’t an option; it can’t be, and we eventually end up on one side or the other.
As observed by 13-year-old protagonist Paloma Josse in Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, “...We are at the same time both here and not here because we’re already in the process of going elsewhere, if you see what I mean.”
The mask imagery in this body of work is funny to many, creepy to some, but in life the metaphorical masks around us are strong, invisible, and plentiful. Is there really anyone who can say he/she isn’t wearing a mask at least part of the time? Unmasking oneself is hard, a near impossible task for many, and depending on how much one wants to reveal, can be life-altering. In the same token it's not always a given that wearing a mask, even the most inflexible mask of masks, can cover up real emotion. Mask or no mask, stuck for a short while or for a longer time, the beauty fit all is that we keep moving towards someplace for some reason.