[ masque, mahsk ]
A MassQ is a ritual application of paint to the face in order to reveal one's inner state of being.
The alternative spelling of MassQ is to differentiate it from our common notion of a mask as a tool used to hide, and/or conceal one's identity. The purpose of a MassQ is not to hide or conceal but to reveal the truth that is within.
[ the creation of a MassQ ]
MassQing derives from the ancient tradition of body decoration practiced by nearly every indigenous culture on earth.
In using the face as a canvas, MassQing is a ritual that requires all participants (artist, subject and viewer) to engage each other face to face; transforming people into art and art into people.