Breanne Self '17
This project uses masks to explore the personalities and characters of individuals with disabilities and communicate those to the viewer. A mask can be used for a variety of reasons; they can be metaphorical, symbolic, or revealing. Masks can be used to hide behind, to deceive, to protect, or to represent. I chose masks because they communicate without being hindered by any level of physical or mental ability. To me, these masks, personify and embody aspects of the soul; things of which we do not or cannot speak. For an individual with a disability, communicating their personality and unique qualities of who they are is next to impossible, because the world either ignores or misunderstands them. When we see an individual with a disability, the first thing we notice is their disability and, a lot of the time, we never look any farther than that. These masks encourage you to see disabilities differently; to look past the diagnosis and see the person inside.