The artist’s self portrait.
L.A.-based artist Richard Nielsen began painting portraits of people masked during the first year of the pandemic. He soon asked people to send him masked selfies from all around the world. The resulting exhibit – currently at Mass MoCA – is a series of 48 masked portraits hung “like an epic Zoom call,” according to Mass MoCA. These are chilling yet heartening images show us joy, doubt, and everything in between. We our friends and neighbors in their faces, as we all continue to try and survive and thrive.