papier mache; masks of different dimensions

“Art Education majors at Northern Kentucky University have been learning about studio materials and techniques in P-12 classrooms. This project explored papier mache’ mask-making. The Challenge was to create a mask which will be worn to transform/protect/conceal/camouflage/etc.- the wearer in this time of Covid-19. Student artists were allowed to include both animal and human qualities to contribute to the meaning of their mask. Below are their statement:

Emily EGART: “I chose to make a mask inspired by a rabbit and a skunk. The mask fully covers my mouth and nose which will help protect the wearer. I was inspired by how skunks and rabbits can quickly escape their prey.”

Anna DAILEY: “My mask was all about escaping one’s surroundings to avoid others and germs. Bird feathers to escape to the trees, fish gills to escape into water, and snake features to be able to shed and escape one’s skin.”

Maggie FEYKO: “The big idea of my mask is to keep the wearer safe while also representing staying connected with the community through kindness and love. That is why I included the expressive eyebrows, because when wearing a mask, one has to rely on the top part of one’s face to show expression. The animal qualities I have included are; an elephant trunk to help keep distance from others, horse ears turned backwards to be able to hear people coming from behind, and highland cattle horns for protection if anyone gets too close!”

ARTIST BIO: This is an art project art teacher Lisa JAMESON did with her art education majors at NKU, prompted by the role of masks in this time of Covid-19 pandemic.