“Do what you can with what you have, where you are” -T. Roosevelt


A month into quarantine life because of Covid-19, I found myself adjusting to it by creating a series of hand crafted face masks out of materials at hand –one each day— as a way of reflecting this time in isolation, and creating a sense of purpose. We are all being asked to wear masks so I decided to use the mask to respond to what I hear in the news, how I feel, or just to keep my hands and mind busy as well as to teach myself to crochet.

 

Since I haven’t been able to use my shared studio space during these times, I created a corner within a secluded space in my apartment where I could withdraw into myself, becoming a “symbol of solitude for my imagination to take flight *. I wanted to keep the series cohesive to the work I had been doing, using traditionally considered female crafts to create works that refer to the female experience in patriarchal societies, immigration and memory.

 

I put on each mask and photograph it as soon as I am done, then immediately post it to social media, where a growing community is forming around my mask making ritual. Turning this material based process into a performance, inviting connection and allowing for community. Indexing my time in isolation, I don’t feel as alone. These face masks play with ambiguity and symbolism as they won’t protect us from the virus, they represent a thread of connection in the times we are living in.

          

 

 *(paraphrasing Bachelard)

#1
2020
Rope
6" x 12"
#2 - Seeking For Protection
2020
Wire
5" x 12"
#3
2020
Raffia
6" x 12"
#4
2020
Leather Remants
5" x 12"
#5 - Grateful For Essential Workers
2020
Grocery Bags
7" x 13"
#6 - Feels Prickly
2020
Latch Hook canvas
5" x 11"
#7
2020
Jute twine
5" x 12"
#8 - Grateful For Essential Workers II
2020
Repurposed cardboard box and leather
4.5" x 6.5" (not including straps)
#9 - Butterfly or Moth?
2020
Toothpicks, paper, acrylic, packing tape and elastic bands
5.5" x 10"
#10
2020
Kitchen twine
7" x 10.5"
#11 - Fenced In I
2020
Wire mesh and crochet thread
5" x 9"
#12 - We Are In This Together
2020
Inflatable ball imprinted with a world map and yarn
5" x 11"
#13
2020
Nylon mason's twine
5" x 12"
#14 - Do Not Ingest Disinfectant
2020
Caution Tape
12" x 12"
#15 - We Are In This Together II
2020
Fabric remants
6" x 11"
#16 - I Can See You... Stay Home
2020
Microfiber, thread and googly eyes
5" x 9"
#17 - Measure The Consequences
2020
Six soft tape measures and yarn
4" x 9"
#18 - Medusa
2020
Rain forest toy snakes and yarn
6" x 12"
#19 - Domestic Violence Awareness
2020
Microfiber, thread, Sumi ink and elastic bands
5" x 12"
#20 - Don't Touch Your Face
2020
Wool and felt
5" x 13"
#21 - No Trespassing
2020
Cooper wire, rusted nails, moss, and elastic ribbon
6" x 11"
#22 - Spring Time?
2020
Candlewick twine and metal springs
7" x 10"
#23 - Together Apart
2020
Jute Twine, seeds (butternut squash and melon) and thread in various colors
5" x 11"
#24 - Herod's Evil
2020
Bunny Tail grass on recycled yarn
5" x 11"
#25 - Be Sure To Wear Your Rubbers
2020
Elastic bands and waxed linen thread
5" x 10"
#26 - Iron Mask
2020
Stainless-steel sponge
4.5" x 9.5"
#27
2020
Keyboard Keys, ribbons and yarn
5.5" x 15"
#28
2020
Paper clips and waxed linen thread
4.5" x 11.5"
#29
2020
Wood shavings on burlap
7" x 10"
#30 - Toilet Paper Crisis
2020
Toilet paper tubes with paper and rope
4" x 12"
#31 - Fenced In II
2020
Fake rusted barbed wire on mesh wire
6" x 12"
#32 - Ceremonial Wrap
2020
Cheese cloth and tricolored thread
5" x 12"
#34
2020
Rice paper, markers and elastic bands
4" x 11"
#33
2020
Dried branches on hemp rope
6" x 12"
#35
2020
Papers dyed in coffee or tea, and twine
4.5" x 10"
#36
2020
Used tea bags dipped in plaster on metal mesh, and twine
6" x 11"
#37
2020
Repurposed pull-tabs and yarn
4.5" x 12
#38
2020
Repurposed twisty ties from herbs and greens, and bag ties
5" x 11"
#39
2020
Packing paper, found objects and DMC thread
5" x 11"
#40
2020
Chinese Lanterns (Physalis) on weaved natural material
6" x 12"
#41, Black Life Lost
2020
Recycled old leather coat
5" x 13"
#42, Displaced
2020
Recycled keys and DMC thread over wire mesh
5.5" x 11"
#43
2020
Key holder rings and round binder clips on Noro yarn
5.5" x 10.5"
#44
2020
Mini rubber bands and waxed linen thread
7" x 9"
#45
2020
Chicken broth aseptic packaging and twine
6.5" x 12"
#46
2020
Telephone wire and malleable red wire
5" x 11"
#47
2020
Recycled old fur coat, bubble wrap and multicolored pompoms
7" x 12"
#48
2020
Packaging material from tangerines, mandarins and clementines (plastic labels and netting)
6" x 12"
#49 - Protect Yourself
2020
Bubblewrap mailers and bubble wrap
5" x 13"
#50
2020
Toilet paper and paper towel tubes with leather remnants
6" x 12"
#51
2020
GrabnGo Emergency Blanket
6" x 12"
#52
2020
Cat food pull tabs and found yarn
5" x 11.5"
#53
2020
Yarn types remnants and China made doll arms
9" x 11"x 2"
#54
2020
Found artificial sunflowers on hemp cord twine
9" x 12"x 3"
#55
2020
Sweet Gum tree balls on found yarn
7" x 13" x 5"