Pocho

A show by Alicia McDaniel

The Brown Paper Bag test was established in the early 1900s and was utilized as a tool in the United States to segregate people of color until the early 1970s. If someone’s skin color was lighter than the paper bag, they were admitted into white spaces. When People of Color are born with lighter complexions, a frequent occurrence, and perceived as White by others, they access certain privileges associated with “passing” as White. My work uses the Paper Bag Test as a point of departure for contemporary instances of colorism and racism that still exist.

My image-making practice is multifaceted and experimental as I work within the realms of installation, painting, sculpture, book making, and video. I create compositions made from torn, multiple shades of paper bags to represent the tension behind the formulation of racial identity in America. My work originates within mine and my family's’ different experiences with racial profiling, skin privilege, and assimilation in both historical and contemporary instances. I also re examine my own personal experiences as a White-“passing” Person of Color.
 

Biography

Born and raised in Sacramento, California Alicia McDaniel currently lives and works in San Francisco as an artist and educator. Majoring in Visual Critical Studies at The California College of the Arts she is the recipient of the CCA Connects Art Studio Assistant Fellow position at Ruth's Table at the Bethany Center foundation of San Francisco. Her work originates within her and her family's’ different experiences with racial profiling, skin privilege, and assimilation in both historical and contemporary instances. McDaniel also reexamines her own personal experiences as a White-“passing” Person of Color. Her image-making practice is multifaceted and experimental as she works within the realms of installation, painting, sculpture, book making, and video.

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