Throughout the pandemic, I have been making wearable masks, which can be art pieces on their own. Over and over, I create new variations of my “self” through masks, sculptures, photos and video. My self-portraits are often altered - I change the placement of and erase select facial features, or I create other extreme manipulations resulting in distorted representations, as a way to explore identity.
As a result of the pandemic, the world’s landscape has changed, whether in public amongst a sea of covered faces or in images of masked people from around the world. I still find it surreal. Part of me feels invisible when I am masked, which is both positive and negative at the same time. There is a new awareness of the relationship between masks and our bodies as we’ve incorporated them into our daily lives. Perhaps there is also a new awareness that we wear other masks too.