In documenting the daily changes to my hair, a natural hygrometer, this ongoing piece brings up two absurd tests used for racial stratification, the ‘brown paperbag’ and ‘fan’ tests, of the American South and the Dominican Republic, which informed social interactions during my upbringing in these sites.
Can I Pass? Introducing the Paper Bag to The Fan Test for the Month of December
Can I Pass? Introducing the Paper Bag to The Fan Test for the Month of December, 31 individual self-portrait silhouettes, configured in a 31 day calendar grid
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
108 x 84 inches
Can I Pass or Introducing the Paper Bag to the Fan During the Month of December (detail)
Introducing the Fan Test to The Brown Paper Bag no. (Humidity 72%) 1
Introducing the Fan Test to The Brown Paper Bag no. 2 (Humidity 95%)