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25 August 2006

Lorenzo and his mask - preview

Arla Patch, an American Quaker, is well-known among American friends for the work she does with painted papier-mâché breastplates and masks to bring out human emotions. Here is one child’s story of abuse.

I was recently invited to teach a special arts program offered to the entire seventh grade of a public school, many attending against their will
  • My 'mask' workshop had thirteen students
  • They started by casting masks directly from their own faces
  • On the second day, my 'faculty presentation' to the entire grade was a fairly modified slide talk of my sculpture
  • When I got to the mask 'Silent Scream', all I said was that when I was working on the mask, rubbing the eye openings with black charcoal dust, unexpectedly a well of sadness rose from my feet through my whole body and I sobbed
  • I realized that the mask was about not having had a voice as a child when some difficult things happened to me

  • Arla Patch

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