These self-portraits are a series that I began after the Coronavirus Pandemic took hold in the U.S. They are expressions of emotional states while quarantining, particularly as a person who is considered medically “high-risk” for the virus. I’m interested in the mask as a formal element that both protects and conceals the face, but can reveal inward psychologies. Creating these works has been cathartic; a way to channel feelings of isolation, fear, and concern for my family. I hope they also can help others who are struggling to feel less alone in their pandemic experience.

All images are copyrighted © by Kara Patrowicz.

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