Description of the Mask
The mask is a form that represents identity. Through time, one forms ideas about oneself and ego emerges. In a way, ego is a mask in an of itself. I love the idea that to some degree, all of us are (ego) masked as we walk through life. When we create a mask, we are revealing one aspect of our inner world and letting it take form. In the creation of a mask, we unmask an aspect of our self not always seen or in view. This keyform is reminiscent of the bowl in that one weaves it two dimensionally on the loom and then takes it off the loom to shape it. The element of surprise is there again as you pull the warp fibers to shape the eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks. The mask reveals itself to you. You not only get to love what shows up, but get to know this character that you have created, connect with it and create stories about it. The finishing of the mask felt like getting to know a new friend who has been part of me all along. The work that went along with the creation of the mask was a critical examination of who I am as an adult today and how I choose to live my life. What is important to me? What can I do to bring more joy and fulfillment in? What areas can I give myself more space in to be more authentic, whole, unmasked? This work done alongside the weaving was a reminder to me that when we reflect on who we are, we are reflecting on a collection of stories we have created about ourselves. Like the creation of the mask, we have the power to create the stories we have about our lives. In this is the power to create stories of resistance, resilience and transformation that live within us, alongside our stories of our challenges, difficulties and traumas. The masks remind us that all of those aspects live within.