Hidden injuries brought to life through art
Brain injuries are often called “hidden” injuries but Saturday people used art to show how they feel.
Stone Soup hosted an event called “Unmasking Brain Injury”. People with an injury, or those close to them, could decorate a mask however they wanted. The idea is to use art as a representation of an injury you can't see.
Stone Soup executive director Mary Middleton said it's different for everyone, so the masks are all different as well.
"There's dark colors, there's light colors, people can decorate however they want,” she said. “There's beads, there's feathers, there's glitter - whatever they think represents how this has impacted them."
The masks will then be part of a traveling exhibit, which shows those with brain injuries they aren't alone.
"Knowing that their mask is going to be added to this larger collection, it helps to eliminate some of the isolation in experiencing this kind of disability,” said Middleton.
The exhibit travels around Alaska. You can also see it online.