Báez, Firelei b.1981 / Ciguapa Pantera (to all the goods and pleasures of this world)
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about this work
Early on in her career, Báez developed a style in her large-scale works that challenged a traditional linear art history; these works were influenced by a wide range of images from different cultures, including techniques from Persian miniature painting, studies on female body and subjectivities, and science fiction. In 2008, reimagining her own origins, Báez initiated an aesthetic investigation on the ciguapas, a feminine archetype who lives in the high mountains of the Dominican Republic. According to the Dominican mithology, ciguapas might be beautiful or horrendous depending on who encounters them, bringing darkness or light into one's life. They are also known for preying on men who dare to cross the highlands. These female tricksters live beyond borders, self-empowered through their magical qualities. The lore of ciguapas left long-standing impact on Báez's memory, inspiring her Ciguapas Series (2005-15), in which she uses this creature as a vessel to explore specific and current issues on landscape, womanhood, and race.

(María Elena Ortiz, A Future Yet to Be Unfolded, Firelei Baez: Bloodlines, Pérez Art Museum Miami, September 2015)

Firelei Báez (b.1981, Dominican Republic)

Ciguapa Pantera (to all the goods and pleasures of this world), 2015

Acrylic and ink on paper
241.3 x 165.1 cm.
95 x 65 in.
Provenance:
Wendi Norris Gallery, San Francisco, US Current Location:
USA - New Jersey S - M Works on PaperLatin America

exhibitions

Firelei Baez: Bloodlines
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, US
02/16/2017 - 05/21/2017

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines
Perez Art Museum Miami, FL, US
October 2015 - March 2016

publications

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Podcast with Firelei Baez on "Africa Forecast"
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (Podcast), December 2016
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Cassy Lesser, These 20 Female Artists Are Pushing Figurative Painting Forward
Artsy (Online), June 2016
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Jared Quinton, Firelei Báez’s Complex Studies of Female Identity Show Why She’s an Artist for Our Time
Artsy (Online), February 2016
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Franklin Sirmans, María Elena Ortiz, Naima J. Keith, Roxane Gay, Firelei Báez: Bloodlines
Pérez Art Museum Miami (Catalogue Cover), 2015

Artwork History
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