AN EXHIBITION showcasing a selection of paintings inspired by the concept of ‘revealing a mask, hiding a face’ is opening at the Upstairs Gallery on May 1.
The exhibition is by Belgian artist Els Borghart who has lived in Ireland on a full time basis since 2008. She obtained
a Masters in Fine Art in 2005 and completed a Post Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management in 2006. She has been working as an artist on a professional level since her graduation, being involved in various projects and exhibitions in both Ireland and in Belgium.
In her work she aims to explore the complexity of the world around her in all its perspectives, physical and metaphysical. Inquisitive and reflective by nature, she captures images reflectively through her perceived environment, and the impetus to peer beyond her initial understanding reveals a far more complex organism. The field of tension created by the boundaries hindering our perception ensures nothing is ever just what it seems.
This exhibition will showcase a selection of paintings inspired by the concept of ‘revealing a mask, hiding a face’. Currently many of her works involve the questioning of self in its complexity hidden behind the mask of our appearance. Questions informing this body of work are: What is a portrait? What remains when the portrait is eliminated? What is a non-portrait? What becomes present through absence? This body of work thus puts on a masquerade of the unknown which yet seems to be strikingly familiar; it presents an idiosyncratic study of non-portraiture. The exhibition runs until May 29.