felt, acrylic - 2019
Depression is a beast that often lingers unacknowledged. Explaining any mental illness is a struggle, because it doesn’t really look like anything. I often resort to explaining what it is not.
The depression mask is meant to mimic a certain mind space, it is an attempt at personifying intangible feelings. On the outside it looks hard, bright, and shiny. All characteristics that are meant to distract from the experience on the inside. When worn, the mask distorts the wearer's view with isolation and disorientation. It is meant to depersonalize. This object plays into the fact that depression often feels like wearing a mask.