Art Exhibition—“Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies”


“Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies” is presently on view at DePaul Art Museum (located at 935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois). The exhibition runs through August 6, 2017.

Firelei Báez is a Dominican-American artist whose large-scale paintings, drawings and textiles evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture. Báez explores her own divine being signifying a wide range of imagery that attests to the artist’s own hybrid racial background.  The artist developed a style in her large-scale works that challenges a traditional linear art history; these works were influenced by a wide range of images from different cultures, including techniques from Persian miniature painting, studies on the female body and subjectivities and science fiction.  She is interested in reimagining her own origins, creating labor-intensive works that explore specific issues of landscape, womanhood and race.

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