Artwork details: gouache and 24 carat gold leaf on paper, 17.5 x 11 inches (44 x 28 cm), 2012.

The title of this painting means 'face-to-face'. Ironically, if you look close enough you will see that none of the protagonists in fact have faces. They have masks. Many masks. At least one of them even wears a mask beneath her (or possibly 'its') outer mask. Nothing is certain and nothing is real. Everything is surface and appearance and behind it all there may be no truth to be found.

...unless of course the cats know the answer, as cats invariably do, but they are not telling.

'Vis--vis' - painting in gouache and gold leaf by Nancy Farmer

Below are a few highly magnified sections of the painting, just to show you a few details.

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