Maria Scaros-Mercado shows a mask made by a woman in her domestic violence support group. The reflection at left represents what the victim shows the world, while the inside of the mask, right, represents what the victim is really going through. Photographed at the Women's Center of Greater Danbury on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Scaros-Mercado is a drama therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. Photo: Jason Rearick / The News-Times
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The mask represents what the artist is showing the world, while also showing what is going on on the inside. This project was made by women escaping domestic violence, but masks could also be used in conversation about identity with teens.