Masking Mischief

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.

Sarawak Hudok Mask Acrylic 40 x 18 cm,

Sarawak Hudok Mask
40 x 18 cm,

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”

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