The Masks

Illinois

Name: Bobby T

City: Canton

Brain Injury: Head trauma when a steel pipe load on his work truck broke loose.

Explanation of Mask: I’m sort of in a limbo with only a small opening in my throat and 2 caved in areas on my head on the right side. The mouth represents equal “smile” and “frown” times of happiness and sadness. The small nasal openings show my small airways. The arrows on my forehead show my angry times and happy times. The orange question marks show the things I can’t remember. The purple represents lightening up to the blue cloud and yellow sun, which wait for me in heaven when life is over and the next adventure begins. The brown and black stripes around the eyes represent the hidden flaws that people can’t see inside of me. 

Name: Deja S.

City: Chicago

Brain Injury: Asthma attack

Explanation of Mask: Short term memory.  The dark space on my mask is for my memory loss.

Name: Michael 

City: Chicago

Brain Injury: Gunshot to the head

Explanation of Mask: The emotions tell how I feel on the inside and the outside.  Sometimes I want to cry and sometimes just forget the world and be lost in my mind and when I get lost in my mind I can get real mad and furious.  I got a kind heart but I let my mind hold me back in this world.