Exhibition dates: September 24, 2021- October 24, 2021
BINARY (Who Do You Belong To?) is an exploration of the liminal space between cultures. This solo exhibition features a combination of 2D and 3D works that provide an intimate look into the insecurities of an outsider. Utilizing materials like spray foam, resin, charcoal, and oil paint, the artist includes two life sized soft sculptures of the abstract figures from her 2D works, paintings, a relief sculpture, and a large-format drawing. Biracial people are often fetishized and looked at as erotic sources of exoticism. Historically, biracial children have been regarded as abominations. Interracial marriage was not made fully legal in the United States until 1967 (Loving v. Virginia). In truth, biracial children often grow up feeling isolated, embarrassed, and excluded. There’s a popular saying: “Too black for the white kids. Too white for the black kids.” According to the Maslow hierarchy of needs, belonging is a base level of psychological need. Using social psychology concepts like in-group vs. out-group effects and the basic human psychology of Othering, BINARY (Who Do You Belong To?) challenges the dominant narratives and stereotypes that dictate the biracial social experience.