In her #message
yesterday, she wrote about the helmet of her space rider #alterego
, and its role in facilitating her #artistic
explorations in time and in the #cosmos
. She described its protective role and something akin to a state of dissociation while wearing it.
As the helmet’s actual function is performative, I relate it to a mask whose primary defensive function is to conceal the identity of its bearer. Often, the wearing of a mask allows for the expression of something deeply true that cannot otherwise be manifested.
In this sense, it does allow one to move forward in ways otherwise unacceptable, as #descartes
I associated her situation as space rider to #marvelcomics
, created by #jackkirby
in collaboration with #stanlee
. He is a space herald in the service of the villainous #galactus
. His mask and costume confer great powers upon him but also conceal his underlying humanity at some cost to him.
To varying extents, we all resort upon #masquerade
. Inevitably, the mask must be removed and one must contend with that which it conceals.