Brown Paper Bag Test Series with Consetta  Chalk Pastel and gouache on paper ©2014 Beth Consetta Rubel 

Brown Paper Bag Test Series with Consetta 
Chalk Pastel and gouache on paper ©2014 Beth Consetta Rubel 

Beth Consetta Rubel is a visual artist based in Austin. She discusses her upbringing as a mixed race Black woman living in a conservative small Southern town in Texas, and how this informed both her identity and creative work. Rubel's work focuses on the themes of race, gender, sexuality, and pop culture. This is evident in her current series, “The Paper Brown Test,” where she draws and paints portraits of Black subjects—many of them well-known Black celebrities and public figures, such as President Barack Obama and Richard Pryor. In light of the recent cases of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence against Black men, women, and children, she's also included portraits of Michael Brown and Aiyana Stanley Jones in the series.