A mask made of black paper with white star constellations on it. The upper left corner is covered by blue-and-white scale-patterned paper. The right eye is visible and made of winter-berry patterned black paper. It cries one blue tear. The mouth is made from sheet music.

Part of a series which makes literal the metaphor of “masking” neurodivergent traits, using five masks to explore the ways the artist compensates for her ADHD in public.
“Tortured Poet” leans into the strange duality of self-pity and self-righteousness that stems from artistic rejection. Hidden behind scales or feathers, with a face made of constellations and a mouth made of music, she sheds a single dramatic tear from her dark, wintry gaze.

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