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Study for Face-off (1997)

Study for Face-off (1997) pencil, watercolor, paper (detail)

Study for Face-off (1997) pencil, watercolor, paper

Every day for 225 days I religiously applied a cosmetic face mask. I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror at night and evenly coat my face with the sticky goo . "Skin is smoother with imperfections and fine lines less apparent," read the text on the tube. For the next 30 minutes I waited, feeling like a shrink-wrapped product while the mask dried. As I peeled it off to reveal the raw, red surface underneath, I self-consciously thought about the futility of this ritual and the inevitable process of aging. The next night I would repeat the procedure.