Artwork #110


Silvia Nikolov


Limited edition print on metal, 2016

"Masquerade" is the initial photograph that started the "Water Studies" series, an evolving project born in 2016 and composed of a series of self-portraits that explore the concept of life as a staged show, in which we change our masks based on societal expectations and norms. The series portrays the contrast between the diffused true self, hidden beneath the surface of many personas, which arise for reasons of adaptation or personal convenience. All effects are achieved in camera by careful manipulation of physics and precise engineering to capture the reflection, the light refraction, and the optical illusion.