Irish Visual Artist Threadstories explores the tension between contemporary portrayals of public and private life. The artist poses for her self-portraits, obscuring her face with extravagant masks and only sometimes reveal a set of eyes or a mouth through the crocheted exterior.
Conceptually, the masks wonder how we portray ourselves online and how this is influenced by a rapid decrease in personal privacy which leads to two exasperated behaviors; of insecurity on the one hand and superficiality and violence on the other. After photographing the finished project, Threadstories deconstructs the pieces to transform them into new extravagant and creative works. A continuous creation and undoing as a single flow that modifies, distorts and reassembles the performative narrative.
A process that started from a specialization in Fine Art Sculpture in 2004, leads Threadstories to create wearable textile masks, often full coverage, darkening the face with layers of multicolored yarn. The works are made with traditional techniques drawing inspiration from everything around us; all the works begin with the creation of a crochet balaclava that the artist uses as a base for fixing any other material element.
She is questioning how the erosion of personal privacy in the digital age shapes how we view and portray ourselves online. The masks deny the viewer the full story of who the sitter is, echoing the curated or false personas we view online daily. My masks are photographed against a sanitized white square. I know there is often chaos, mess and noise just beyond the margins of that photograph, but the messiness of life doesn’t make the edit for social media.