I was asked to donate a mask to the local theater to be auctioned off during the Mardi Gras Gala fundraiser. This semester, I've been working on clay masks after being inspired by seeing a friend's mask collection.
I thought about how when one is wearing a mask, one is free to be oneself. No need to care about outward appearances because the mask hides the identity of ther wearer.
The last mask I made came out as a surprise to me. I was expecting something different. This mask is eerie - no eyes and no mouth. I thought about how it represents hiding from the pain. If I stay very small and quiet, if I don't look, maybe she/he/they won't hurt me.
I've asked for advice, thought about the advice I got, and I'm donating the mask that allows one to be oneself. Thanks to all who gave me advice.