Aura mask in the making

My current project is based on migraine aura.

Currently there aren’t any migraine treatments that have been directly developed and/or used to treat migraine aura. It is seen as unimportant in comparison to the head pain. With symptoms such as paralysis, tempory blindness and even coma this seems astounding to me.

I am creating masks based on migraineur’s drawings of their aura experience.

The first mask is based on my own visual aura experience.  When suffering an attack and I’m looking at a person’s face, half is blurred with no features.  The first time I experienced this aura I was terrified.

It is my hope that through art, both the public and medical professionals can better understand and empathise with migraineurs.

 

This sculpture is based on my own aura experience.  One side of the face is blurred.  This is now ready to be cast in silicone

This sculpture is based on my own aura experience. One side of the face is blurred. This is now ready to be cast in silicone

This is the first coat of the silicone cast.

This is the first coat of the silicone cast.

Painting latex into the ‪‎aura‬ ‪‎mask‬ ‪‎mould‬ An optical illusion occurred when taking a photo of it. This is a negative but appears to jump out at you. Very much like when visual aura plays tricks on our ‪‎brains!‬

Painting latex into the ‪‎aura‬ ‪‎mask‬ ‪‎mould‬ An optical illusion occurred when taking a photo of it. This is a negative but appears to jump out at you. Very much like when visual aura plays tricks on our ‪‎brains!‬

 

If you’d like to be involved in the draw-your-aura project follow the link for more information.

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