This artist from Finland also works with half human / half animal figures (Do you remember Year 1 hybrids?). She explains: "The characters in my most recent paintings are often hybrids between humans and animals. The animal heads work as masks when placed on a human body. Throughout history, everyday life has been linked to the spirit-world with the help of masks. I place masks, typical for contemporary popular culture as seen in the worlds of metal and goth, in the framework of today’s social rituals and role-playing."(source)
Role play and taking on new persona's is an interesting notion to explore.