Throughout the history of art and religion masks have been used as objects that conceal one's identity and project the image of another, They were thought to hold supernatural powers and were disguises that gave license to explore an alternative self. Traditionally, Halloween masks were worn to frighten off demons during the festival of Samhain, the end of summer. Masquerade holidays such as this inverted conventional power structures - under a mask you could be anyone, anything.
The Halloween masks in this series reference popular stalker horror films whose antagonists are supernaturally undead male characters created as a result of psychological trauma, and who represent larger cultural traumas. In these films, the female body is often eroticized and devalued. It is the site of violence and a place where the transgressing of societal taboos is punished.
In the series Masked, I disguise myself as these stalker/killers to investigate how the male/female role reversal places into question the dominant patriarchical capitalist ideologies and gender role expectations that these films reinforce.