Jackie C. Schneider
When I was first diagnosed, I tried to learn as much as I could about the disease. As I read about the various symptoms that Parkinson's patients may develop, I was particularly struck by description of facial masking.
I remembered seeing that condition in a Parkinson's patient a few years earlier and my response at that time. I had been sure that behind the fixed expressionless face there could only be a hopelessly damaged mind.
Whether because of, or in response to Parkinsons disease I have felt an almost compulsive need for a form of creative expression. I chose to create my own Parkinson's masks, an attempt to show the mind and the emotions behind the stillness and isolation of the mask.