Mennello Musuem of American Art , 02/21/20 - 02/21/20
Exhibition: Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez
The exhibition investigates the visibility and the construction of complex cultural identities within the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora and how these notions are perceived in today’s global world. A dialogue between the past, present and future creates the narrative running through the exhibition.
Báez is best known through her extraordinary paintings of lush landscaped-figures, intricately patterned tignons, and otherworldly bodies with striking eyes. Here, she considers the reality of ones current social and the historic construction of cultural self in America. These complex, intersectional bodies and symbols alongside large-scale portraits are painted in vibrant, swirling colors, which intermingle time and character. For Báez, “identity is malleable, negotiated,” and given strength by the female body and mythology of her being.