Firelei Baez Open Artist Studio at AAF
A huge thank you is due to Firelei Baez who hosted a tremendously successful Open Artist's Studio during the Affordable Art Fair last weekend. Firelei's onsite project, the Paper Bag Test, involved her sitting down with fair visitors to make an individual portrait of sorts, of each person based on their skin color. She would match the skin tone of each participant in paint and then put the paint sample onto a small square of paper which she would then afix to a faux "certificate" that compared the person's skin color to a paper bag. This comparison references the troubling history of how whiteness used to be determined in America where a person's race was assessed by whether or not their skin matched or was lighter than a paper bag. the wall of "Paper Bag Tests" that Baez subsequently assembled further established a group portrait of everyone at the fair and will befome part of a larger project, in time.
Our thanks again to Firelei for participating, and for more information on Firelei's work, chech out her website here.