March 03, 2006
Kent Henricksen embroids seemingly innocent bourgeois sceneries with gruesome images as hoods, masks, ghosts and ropes.
The hooded figure is a universal symbol appearing in religious iconography and folklore in almost all cultures across many time periods. Our contemporary associations are strong reminders of this symbol's continued relevance. Contemporary personal associations can range anywhere from the parochial Dunce Cap to the photos of hooded Iraqi prisoners in the recent Abu Ghraib prison scandal to the racial hatred and venom embodied by the Ku Klux Klan.