Participants create a collage on each side of a paper mask.
- On one side of the mask, participants glue on items that represent how they try to look on the outside and what they are publicly known for.
- On the reverse side, participants glue on items that represent things that are hidden, maybe roped off from discussion and from God, such as trauma, abuse, violation, racism and other sorrow. Perhaps unforgiveness is “mentioned” through the art. The art is a bridge to share a person’s story.
The medium of collage helps one communicate stories in which they have had no words for. One may use magazine pictures, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions or events such as joy, hope, pain or loss etc.
After creating, take time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps reach straight to one’s soul, and things long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. This is the beginning of healing for many. One may weep and rejoice with other as one’s stories are told. It is healing to be heard and seen by others who show compassion and empathy. Then, take time to pray for one another speaking words of life, praising God for His grace, and bring comfort to the hard parts of one’s story.
Participants are encouraged to date their projects and journal about the process of creating this project and what they discovered.