Dawn Black Conceal Project
November 15, 2012 - February 24, 2013 Yarbrough Gallery
Who are we really? There are roles we choose to play in our lives and others that are imposed on us. Our true identities are often concealed behind a mask or costume. Dawn Black’s Conceal Project examines the practice of masquerade especially in relation to identity. Three hundred postcard sized works on paper painted in watercolor, ink, and gouache present portraits of individuals altering their identity through masks, uniforms, fashion, and other seemingly random forms of concealment.
The artist hopes that in exploring the concealment practiced by people in order to be their real selves, we are able to reevaluate our own biases about unfamiliar norms and cultures.