I put on the mask and felt the gaze of the audience land on my back. Like a dog out for a morning walk, I was let off the leash.
The entire stage was mine and a light from overhead illuminated the sheen of my white porcelain. What shall I do? A dance? A comedy? I can perform any role I desire.
With the subtle manipulations of material, I can bend and warp. Make a silly grin or an empty smile, my repertoire of faces knows no end. I like to lose myself in it. The sensation of being behind a veil of anonymity and being free to act unrestrained is tempting. It leers at you with seductive eyes, beckoning forth an actor dying to act. It lets me act on every stage of life unrestrained…
…even if the act never ends.
Collage by Iona Sheppard LAU Ba Hons Viscom .
Written response by Kai Hamilton LAU Ba Hons Creative Writing