Hidden thoughts, feelings, and memories are communicated through symbols during a mask-making activity. When I created my first mask art piece, my children told me it was scary. Back then, I was extremely pleased with my completed mask because it had reveled a part of me I hadn’t known existed. I was still broken and having difficulty finding my voice when an accidental hair coloring incident left me with a brand new persona. Hot redhead had emerged and was getting a lot of attention. I remember looking at the woman in the mirror when the unexpected color appeared and thinking to myself, “I don’t know who you are, but I think I’m going to keep you.” I had not realized until I created this mask, that I was hiding behind the red hair because ‘she’ (the redhead) was somebody different than me, somebody that I wished I could be. She was fun, lively, exciting, and I didn’t know how to be that person.
Now, I will admit that the finished mask is a little scary looking but the therapeutic process I went through in creating it, helped me identify that I had been hiding my true self behind labels and roles that were not me. So even something a little scary looking can be a powerful tool to discovering the authentic you.
‘Masking Faces’ is one of the projects available for an Art & Soul workshop or Creative Wisdom party. Besides being a therapeutic tool, mask making can be a fun and creative process helping you discover your true self. Check out the Art & Soul Art & Soul Workshops page to find out more and see all the other projects that are available.