All the Creative Potentialities within “The Mask”
“Certainly “The Mask” is a very familiar and intimate concept for any Queer boy or man negotiating the terrain of the heteronormative, homophobic world into which we are thrust. This use of “The Mask” as a tool to pass as normative, in a world that threatens us with social disapproval and even physical violence, becomes a mechanism for survival. Yet this seemingly repressive act of hiding of the self, also contains the germs of great creativity – after all building this mask for one who finds himself outside the tropes of standard masculinity and heterosexual desire requires a significant amount of creative performance.
For many of us Queer boys, as we mature and grow in self confidence and step out of the closet, these skills we have developed in initially masking ourselves now serve as incredible impetus and tools to construct new performances via our selves and our art. ”
As interviewed in https://balaclavaq.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/artist-john-waiblinger/