Mr. Zuss: Mask?
Nickles: Mask. Naturally. You wouldn’t play God in your face, would you?
—Archibald MacLeish, J.B. (1958)
We cannot be exposed to the looks of others, for our very being is night-lustrous and unseeable. Like the Invisible Man, we are only revealed through our clothes and our masks.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Everyone who is profound loves the mask.
A mask is not primarily what it represents but what it transforms . . . . Like a myth, a mask denies as much as it affirms.
Life is but a mask worn on the face of death. And is death, then, but another mask?
—Joseph Campbell, The Mythic Image (1981)
Richard Sionis: A mask hides the face but frees the soul. A mask speaks the truth.
—Gotham, Season 1, Episode 8 (Fox Broadcasting Co.)
For me, the masks were not just sculptures . . . . They were magical objects . . . intercessors . . . against unknown, threatening spirits.