As people slowly trickled back to doing normal activities, those of us still sheltering to avoid infection became anomalies. Social acceptance of isolation dissipated, and those still doing so are labeled odd instead of being supported. People who once openly talked about the virus began to shun those of us who still take extreme measures to prevent infection. Speaking openly about COVID-19 is now often met with silence and rejection. This mask features a large ornate metal lock covering the mouth area, representing what it feels like to be silenced and forgotten by society. A small triangular screen sits at eye level, to emphasize the blur of what it feels like to watch the world turn without being a part of it.

This mask was hand sewn using peach tulle as a base, which was then stiffened to support the bronze rolo chains.

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