The Mask a social practice response to covid-19 by monmouth university's sculpture ii students

The following “mask” pieces are apart of a Social Practice project by Tabitha Gallagher, Anthony Hicks, Kathryn Cahill, and Gianna Rossi. The project was done in response to the recent Coronavirus pandemic. The project includes four “face mask” sculptures as well as responses from the artists' communities.

The sculptures are meant to represent the face masks that are now required to be worn by the public. These pieces are made from unconventional materials such as clay, canvas, fabric, and twigs (materials the artists had on hand in their quarantine locations).

The artists were able to include their audience in this project by surveying them through social media platforms. The artists asked their community about how they are handling the current pandemic as well as what they are planning to do after it is over. By taking on this project, we are able to learn about what our community is dealing with as a whole.

Questions responded to by the public are as follows:

What do you miss most about “normal” life?

What’s the first thing you are going to do when this is over?

What’s a hardship that you are suffering through because of the virus?

Sculpture by Gianna Rossi

I miss being able to go out to eat, and seeing my friends and family. The hardest thing for me right now is homeschooling my kids. - Kim

I miss going to school for my classes and seeing my friends. When this is over, I can't wait to take my son to the park again. - Carina

The thing I miss the most is socialization. The hardest thing for me right now has to be my work hours being significantly cut. - Erica

Sculpture by Kat Cahill

The part that I miss the most about normal life is going out in public and not having to worry about getting sick. I’m constantly feeling anxious when I have leave my house and I wish I didn’t have to feel like that. - Anonymous

I miss the freedom to choose what I want to do with my day. I spend a lot of time at home doing what we’re doing now normally, but I miss going for a hike, or to a restaurant, or taking in person yoga lessons. - Grace

The hardest thing for me right now is making sure my mental health doesn't completely fall apart. Its too easy to stay in bed and let my depression take hold of me or stop eating because I'm stuck looking at myself all day. - Melissa

Sculpture by Anthony Hicks

I am losing my mind in this house and need people and interaction. Staring at a screen most days for work is hurting my eyes and causing headaches. - Matt

The hardest thing for me right now is having to be nine hours away from my family, who is currently living in a red zone. - Leah

Sculpture by Tabitha Gallagher

I miss going to school and seeing my friends. The hardest thing for me right now is not being able to see my grandma who lives alone. - Jenny

I miss being able to go out socially, and not having a routine right now has made me super anxious and that's probably the hardest thing I am dealing with. - Lauren

Created By
Anthony Hicks


Created with an image by Farouk Mechedal - "Black sand"