Non-medical grade face mask #1-314
On February 17, 2020, I began rifting on the traditional face mask form as a response to the emotional, medical, media response to the pandemic threat. Historically used ceremonially and for rituals, masks obscuring the mouth and nose had now become the uniform of 2020. Covering the mouth symbolically mutes the wearer and removes half of the face so only the eyes remain. I have created one mask per day, photographed with my phone in the same chair at the same time, suggesting a connection from one portrait to the next and dropped them into social media sites. There are approximately 314 individual masks and the project ended December 31, 2020 hoping for a new brighter year.