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I’ve planned a dramatic and interactive experience that will bring us together as we explore the masks we wear, and the masks that shape our world. I can’t wait to hear your stories, and to share mine. 

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“Masks is an intricate and beautiful account of the human experience, bursting at the seams with layers of sound and texture.”

– SALT LAKE UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE

Invite Only: The Masks Experience

INTERACTIVE

On each day of the 10-day series, you’ll get behind-the-scenes insight into my writing methods, you’ll see an exclusive video with a guest artist discussing their interpretation of the “Mask of the Day,” you’ll receive a stunning, original “adult” coloring book page to fill with your own creative expression, and you’ll be invited to share your thoughts, creations, and experiences in a shared commentary. All delivered directly into your inbox.

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EVOCATIVE

What is more essentially human than the incomprehensible ache of not being truly understood, valued, or deeply known? “Masks” hits themes of disguise and disclosure head-on. It’s personal, raw, and honest. You’re sure to see yourself inside.

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COLLABORATIVE

Masks features brilliant work by over 40 professional musicians and visual artists, including mixed-media and performance art that is ONLY available in this digital launch experience. We all know art has the power to move and change the world—let Masks move you.

“Original music at its best. It’s fresh, it’s original, it’s bold, it’s pure, it’s energetic, it’s mysterious, it’s beautifully played, and wonderfully produced. She nailed it in every way.”

– HANS-PETER DE ZEEUW, DRUMMER | NETHERLANDS

 

WHAT MASKS DO YOU WEAR?

 

At the start, I imagine the stereotypical sort of masking. I think of people who use masks to conceal, to manipulate, to control, to harm. There are endless stories there. 

Then, just a degree away is the kind of mask that keeps the wearer well-hidden, quite invulnerable, but necessarily also keeps the wearer from trust, from rest, from intimacy. It’s not offensive, per se, but destructive nonetheless as it keeps one in, and keeps others out.

But can’t masks also be constructive? Can’t they also reveal? We might use a mask to show a part of ourselves that people seem to be missing—like a filter, or a magnifying glass, compelling visibility for an underexposed portion of our character. 

Also constructive are masks we use to protect ourselves from those who won’t understand or accept the things we hide. Masks can focus our selves; through a sort of funnel, we can summon or channel exactly the self we need for the time, for the place.

Sometimes, a provisional mask can help us explore a self we haven’t quite nurtured. Perhaps it’s a collection of masks, alternated periodically or regularly, one-at-a-time or layered and stacked, that all together make up a full self. 

Or maybe, we’ve accumulated masks to help us survive a prolonged trauma, and it’s a careful peeling away that can reveal a piece of our childlike wildness, previously unexplored.

Masks are earnest, sinister, brave, spineless, seductive, playful, steel-plated, and feathered. And I want all of these stories. To hear them, to tell them. 

The Masks Experience starts here…

“It’s like she uses every single corner of her brain to express herself, and wants us all to be a witness to it. How lucky are we?

– BECKY WILLARD, PRODUCER | VOX FOX STUDIOS

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