Wild Goose's McKenna calls for art on masks
BY DENNY SCOTT
Cindy McKenna of Wild Goose Studio wants to help people express what wearing masks due to COVID-19 feels like to them and has started a competition to encourage people to participate.
Called “Emotional Response (to wearing a mask)”, the competition is open until Sept. 30 and calls on people to personalize a disposable mask.
After someone told McKenna she was fortunate to express her feelings through her art like she had done through a piece in the front window of the studio showing an interpretation of masks, McKenna thought that asking others to create based on their experiences with masks would help them deal with this unique time.
“Masks really affect us all,” she said in an interview with The Citizen. “Everyone needs to work through their emotions.”
She said it’s good for people to wear masks, protecting not only themselves and their loved ones, but everyone else as well, however there are definitive responses to masks ranging from people feeling forced to wear them and others welcoming the change to feel safe.
“I want to explore those responses,” she said.
McKenna said she has struggled with masks, saying that they represent life and protecting the world for her, as she understands their importance, however it can feel stifling to wear them.
“There’s a different reaction every day,” she said. “I want to know how masks make people feel, or what happens to them when they put one on.”
She has had people talk about how difficult it can be to always wear a mask, while others have said that they feel better when they have a mask on because it imparts a sense of safety.
The competition challenges people to start with a disposable mask and practise their own expression on it, whether that’s writing on it, painting or drawing on it or making some kind of collage on it.
An exhibition of the masks will be displayed from Oct. 3-31 at the studio at 432 Queen Street in Blyth.