CM: Filippos Tsitsopoulos' Personal Mask emerged from the idea of tilting the muscles of a face on a glass surface. Obviously Tsitsopoulos was interested as much for the section of the model, which is himself, as for the section beyond the glass, which is occupied by the viewers. These are two simultaneous spaces, which share the glass as a recording device. The image of the model’s face on the glass is painted over by a hand, which could be of any of the spectators. In the beginning the hand forms the lines of a smile, but - as the drawing progresses - it forms the tears of weeping. With Personal Mask Tsitsopoulos suggests that the composition of a vibrant portrait includes both the joy and sorrow, and in this instance to an absolute degree.
[Megakles Rogakos 12/2005]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens