The world becomes more and more complicated when we are growing up. Even when emotions and pressures came as a flood, we tends to bury it in the night. Then we would pretend the negative thoughts are already gone when the sun rises and continue to live our life. However, repression will only cause negative emotions to accumulate. Let the “Mask Man” drawn by Humchuk penetrate into our hearts, and help us to speak up about emotional issues that we avoid tactfully.
Humchuk utilizes simple black lines to delineate the protagonist, “Mask Man”, in his illustrations. “Mask Man”’s never have any expression but always with different actions. In addition, the background is left blank. The purpose is to let people project his/her own emotions on the mask and seek for resonance.
Humchuk often draws his own inner thoughts out from time to time. He would also collect stories from others through chatting, then substitute into their characters and turn their stories into one another illustrations. Even more, Humchuk have drawn a series of illustration about dealing with one’s emotions. He hopes that his artworks can heal those lost hopes in this troubled times.
When we were young, we can always simply express our emotions. Just laugh when we’re happy, cry when we’re sad, and say straightforwardly when we miss someone… Yet, negative emotions accumulate when we became an adult and we became more confused with dealing our emotions. It is for sure that we cannot find solutions in a moment. Humchuk says that he merely wish that his artworks can inspire people because to understand and accept the low tides is part of the progress as well. If you do not want to express your feelings straightforwardly, then you can actually try to express it tactfully. Not to avoid your emotions and to get used to coexist with all kinds of emotions is enough.
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