Today’s painting inspiration came from the synchronicity of finding an unusual frame in a charity shop at a time when I had been reading “Sarawak Style” by Luc Invernizzi and Edric Ong. This beautiful book contains the amazing photographs and information about the culture found in the country on the island of Borneo.
The painting itself is painted in acrylics on board and depicts a Hudok mask. These are used in rituals by the Kayan and Kenyah Orang Ulu tribes. There is a lovely story behind the fearsome image. This story goes, when donning the mask, the Hudok scares away evil spirits from the longhouse. By clowning around the dancer provokes tears of laughter which helps to water the newly planted padi fields. A quality that evoke in merrymaking festivals and healing ceremonies.
The old adage rings true “There’s Healing in Tears” and who said that they only needed to be those of sorrow”