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 These interactive works are built on the Mr. PotatoHead model, inviting viewers to actively participate in the creation and constant re-configuration of the image. The larger-than-life ‘masks’ allow both children and adults a place to play. Far from simply recreational, this type of activity is crucial for our health and relationships.  Playing with masks allow us a chance to explore changing identities, and the assumption new personas. Masks empower us to reveal that which we hide…a hidden truer self, while allowing a form of anonymity that can also provide protection.  Artist Jeremy Shantz (Mtl) collaborated on some of these pieces for the 2015 International Festival of Public Art (FIAP) in Cancun, Mexico, as a reflection on that city’s rich pluralistic culture.

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