14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
I grew up experiencing facial and dental deformity. My mouth, jaw, chin and gums have twenty-five plates and screws that hold everything together. From the age of eight to eighteen, I felt like I was performing this process of repair in front of an audience because I was unable to wear a mask or hide away. While I was going through surgeries, braces, and retainers I was constantly bullied and made fun of for my appearance. At the age of 27, I made work for my thesis exhibition, "Assemblage" and I was determined to make my current repaired face and mouth appear less desirable in the present. This photograph represents the mask I was never able to wear.
© Megan Conley.
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||Nov. 20, 2016, 4:10 a.m.