Cameo Ground (Children of Paradise)

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Cameo Ground (Children of Paradise)
porcelain, velvet light boxes 2018

(Documentation, Lawndale Art Center CORE Show 2018)

The text is borrowed from an interview with my great aunt Jane; in it, she describes which of her siblings could pass as white and categorizes everyone based on their shade in relation to her own skin tone. However, because we are not given an image of her, the words become relative to an unknown. She and her 12 siblings are all children of my great grandmother Paradise, a black woman known for her exquisite beauty but who never allowed her picture to be taken.