oil on canvas, 50x60cm
Can see it as an interpretation of the Greek myth of Medusa, a beautiful girl who was cursed and transformed into a monster with snake hair, and who's look would turn everyone into stone. She could be defeated only after she was tricked to see her reflection into a mirror.
The primal fears of the reptilian brain turn our neocortex stupid, the IQ could drop even up to 30%, is obvious during exams when you forget all the answers. That can be overcome only with introspection, and self awareness.
Also in the mask can see the ego, persona means mask in Latin. Is a projection, an image that we use to fool others, and we trick ourselves to be that, is like Narcissus's fall into his own reflection, that is the death of our real self, the consciousness. Is like falling into a waking dream that we cannot wake up from. Most of the times is a nightmare...
We love distracting our attention from the source of our problems. Most people would do anything to avoid self reflection, facing the fears, and the archetypal forces that govern our lives, but is the only way to evolve, to overcome our loops mental that make us repeat the same mistakes and turning again and again in the same old road that we know where it leads to.
Only we are alone, in the dark, really we face our thoughts, and might not be a pleasant encounter. But can lead to practices as meditation, that can be a real light in the darkness of our thoughts.