This mask is representative of a high school memory. The memory I chose was during high school, my dad had to work out of state so naturally I filled his role in the house. I was the cook, the mentor, the one who my family members leaned on, and also fourteen. For my mask I created a replica of the hat my dad used to wear, but in my version I added fabric and text to describe my high school memories. I also added a fish netting to cover the face to represent the fact that I was trying to fill his role, but essentially ended up in his shadow. It is his hat, and his role, but it is my take on it. In trying to fill this role, I ended up finding myself instead. The fabric all along the mask is representative of my journey through art and finding myself as a person and a fashion designer. There are mostly neutral fabrics all along the hat to represent fabrics I would typically sew with, and pieces of bright fabrics are scattered through to show the emotions I had when sewing. I found not only an escape in art, but some of my happiest high school memories are sitting in my room sewing things for the fashion shows I was a part of or sewing just to create. I created the base of the hat out of recycled Whole Foods bags, hot glue, and tape. Then I placed the cut up fabric all over the hat, and finished the piece by adding the netting mask, and the band with the words. Technically I used sculpture techniques, sewing, collage, and painting. Overall this is a very representative mask full of my high school memories.
My timeline starts with the creation of fabric made of copies of my childhood through present day drawings and sketchbook pages. The timeline starts at the bottom of the pants with my childhood drawings and the print shows the newer drawings as the eye works its way up the pants. The pants are also a symbolic presentation of my Tae Kwon Do pants that I used to wear to classes while studying the martial art as a child. The top is a plain white bandeau or sports bar style top, not seen here, to symbolize the future. The white color is symbolic of a compilation of every experience that has gotten me to this point, and also of the black canvas that is my future.
My memory mask started with a fond memory I have of the tree in my front yard that I used to climb as a child. I created a masquerade style mask where the nose and point where the mask is help to the face is the trunk of the tree, and the branches expand from that central point. It is meant to be help so the wearer can chose which negative space points they want their eyes to be seen through. I started the process with a sketch, and continued by rolling up the paper and covering it in masking tape and lastly creating a paper texture over the tape.
In “Stranger” the author describes acclimating to new environments. My personal acclamation was going to high school at a private catholic school in Lawrence Massachusetts. The school itself was something I was used to growing up going to catholic school, but the area around the school was something completely different. I had to become familiar with a low income city. The school was always locked and the drive into town was always full of interesting sights. I was exposed to an entire new culture, and so many different types of people. I greatly appreciate the fact that I got to be around such a diverse environment which taught me to learn and soak up the culture from all others around me.
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