The inspiration came from my research into the historical Venetian moretta mask, worn by women during Venetian carnival in the 18th century. What inspired me was the anonymity and freedom the mask created for its wearers. It made me realise how almost impossible it is to be totally anonymous today where we don’t have a lot of choice to exclude ourselves from technology and social media.
The negative influence social media has on our well-being, our mood, our self-image, especially for the younger generation that grew up without knowing any better, was a subject I took on in my collection. These negative effects became even more apparent during the pandemic: we were dependent on technology, forced to turn to screens and being confronted with even more ‘happy memories, happy lives’ on social media’.