Experimental masking collaboration with Lauren Chapman

2022

For this performance we were exploring wearing masks while using a combination of media to create a different style of mark making. We asked the question of how wearing a mask can free you to perform in front of others in a way that you couldn't without, as well as making visible the often overlooked concept of masking that has become a survival lifestyle for neuro-divergent individuals in neurotypical societies and organizations.

Masking is often used to describe the artificial performance of social behaviours that are seen as more socially acceptable in a neurotypical society. By wearing masks on our faces we could direct more energy into being present rather than into what our faces were doing; by wearing a mask on the back of my head I transformed my body into a two faced being that showed two different emotions.