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For Colored Girls by Zaire McPhearson

Fri November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


For Colored Girls by Zaire McPhearson is presented by Pop Box Gallery at Bright Black’s new Creators Space and Scent Showroom in the historic Lakewood district in Durham. The exhibit is up October 28 – December 22, 2022.

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 6-8pm during Third Friday Durham.

In For Colored Girls, Zaire McPhearson challenges constructed perceptions of race, color, and subject.

She writes: “As a Black woman, I feel responsible for ensuring that my work shifts the narrative away from the mythology of a predominately white art historical canon and instead celebrates the existence of Black bodies and Black stories. This is the work that I have always felt motivated to create. I consider my work a love letter to Black womanhood.

I have been exploring colors and their relationship to the Black body. What does it mean to be a “colored” woman? And how do we see colors on the skin? How is race defined and embodied within systems of power?

The portraits depict introspective women in their teens to their mid-70s. Each woman’s face is presented in oil and acrylic painted color blocks with various hues of red, blue, yellow, orange, violet, green, and teal. Each color represents the strength and struggle that Black women endure. Layered brush strokes create texture and collage elements convey fragmented histories and personal stories. Although the palette is the same throughout the series, the colors on each subject were selected to represent individual personal stories.

The relationship between African Americans and the construct of race is a complex one. In this series, I explore what it means to be a Black woman through color, shape, texture, and form to reimagine the power structures that define dominant cultural perceptions of people of color in the Americas.”

Bright Black is a Durham, NC-based company that uses scent as an artistic medium to share positive narratives about Blackness. The Bright Black vision is a world where the complexity, beauty, and brilliance of Blackness is widely known, recognized, embraced, and celebrated. Bright Black is co-owned by husband and wife team, Dariel Heron and Tiffany M. Griffin. Their handcrafted candles feature high-quality, custom blended natural waxes, modern unisex scents, reusable black matte packaging, and lead-free, sustainably-sourced wood wicks. Bright Black is a Black-owned, family-owned business. Open by appointment and during events.


Fri November 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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