“I am the keeper of the jewel of Masquerade, which lies waiting safe inside me for you or eternity” Kit Williams, Introduction to Masquerade
“What I wanted to do was to retain the format of a book but then do something different. If I was going to spend two or three years doing sixteen paintings, I didn’t want them to be just flicked through and put down. That’s why the perspective is odd in some of the Masquerade pictures, and why others overlap their borders.
Sometimes things come straight out at you. All to make you look really closely. “
• Cryptomorph: an image that harbors another image as its secret or solution
• Aleamorph: a chance image
• Anamorph: a distorted image that only becomes legible when viewed the right way
Hans Holbein: The Ambassadors (1533)
Masquerade, Kit Williams
“Within the pages of this book there is a story told of love, adventures, fortunes lost, and a jewel of solid gold. To solve the hidden riddle, you must use your eyes and find the hare in every picture that may point you to the prize.”
LIGHT OF EQUINOX
Williams on Masquerade: “It became a sort of cult, and because of that people read much more into it than I put there,' he has said.
'People felt I'd included their dead grandfather, that sort of thing. It never stops.”