WC Postcard Project I: Installation 1

“Nightmare” by Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak

Prompt #5. When you or another you know felt/was violated/threatened.

Prompt #3. Powerless.

Prompt #2. A time when you felt stereotyped or discriminated against because of your gender, race, sexuality, age, abilities, appearance, or creed.

“This design relates to issues #2 and #3. We wear varied masks each day in order to relate and cope with our environment. In some groups I am totally transparent to them and have no voice whatsoever. In other groups, I am a valuable colleague or friend. Our minds are always working, but no one really cares!” -Written by the artist.

Prompt #2.


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5 Responses to WC Postcard Project I: Installation 1

  1. jorees says:

    Awesome work Caryl!

  2. Caryl says:

    First of all, I love how diverse these images are! I really can relate to the mask image right at this moment. While I am very sure and secure in who I am, others could either care less or underestimate me. One of the ways I use this experience in my teaching is through my expectations of students. I find that I must make conscious efforts not do to my students what others do and have done to me because of my gender, demeanor, etc.

  3. Jennifer Motter says:

    If you seek counseling and psychological services and resources, you may contact: the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, and the National Center for Victims of Crime at 1-800-FYI-CALL.

    Hannah, M. T. & Goldstein, B. (Eds). (2010). Domestic violence, abuse, and child custody: Legal strategies and policy issues. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute. http://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/dvac.html

  4. S. Izzo says:

    In teaching a mask project to my upper elementary art students, I always bring the cultural aspect into the design of the mask. You mentioned, “We wear varied masks each day in order to relate and cope with our environment.” I used a similar example in that many cultural organizations didn’t just use masks for decoration, but rather as a way to communicate a feeling or emotion. I tell my students to think of an occasion where masks may be worn. Masks can be made to be worn for decoration , but also for protection, cultural beliefs, prayer, emotional feelings such as happiness or sadness and also disguise.

  5. I agree–such a variety of interpretations and media masks! Today is Madri-Gras and our masks celebrate our differences and our need for the carnivalesque — freedom of free speech and pointing out foolishness in ourselves and society.

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