Gillian, Mask Masked,
fabric mask, wax sculpture, steel rod and wooden plinth, 2020

The age of the mask is upon us and yet Gillian Wearing had decided, decidedly against the tide, to unmask herself in a series of paintings in her Lockdown exhibition at Maureen Paley. This necessarily aroused my curiosity since Wearing is known for her use of masks in her video and photographic works. Over the years, she has, with masks, covered faces including hers to better uncover identities as social constructs. In his review for The Guardian, Jonathan Jones notes…