Wet Back – Off-White

Transformación / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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De espaldas en verde con azul / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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Gris de espaldas con turquesa / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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De frente con verde y azul / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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hombre conciente con azul / gum Arabic painting on paper / 44" X 60" / 2000.
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Gris de frente / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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Espalda mojada con turquesa / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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Cambio de Piel (a shedding of skin) / gum Arabic painting on paper / 40" X 44" / 1000.
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aqui mismo / gum Arabic painting on paper / 44" X 60" / 1000.
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Strictly speaking, a “shade of white” would be a neutral gray. This article is also about off-white colors that vary from pure white in hue, and in chroma (also called saturation, or intensity). Colors often considered “shades of white” include, cream, eggshell, ivory, Navajo white, and vanilla.

“Wet Back” concludes with the “Off White Series”.  For me, Off White represents the cross roads of observing our conversation of black and white racism and how I have struggled to find my place, my art, and my intimate expressions.  The Wet Back quickly brings to mind the brown man in the fields picking strawberries or the group of men in the parking lot of Home Depot trying to get your attention to find work.  While I was not black, I still got the full slap of anonymous hatred for being “not white”. Confused for the longest time, I found solace in representing myself in the wide range of human colors that are all “Off White”.