Artist Statement

Beth Consetta Rubel Photo

Beth Consetta Rubel is a visual artist from Austin, Texas. Rubel's work focuses on the themes of race, gender, sexuality, and pop culture. This is evident in her series, “The Paper Bag 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 has also included portraits of victims like Michael Brown and Aiyana Stanley Jones, in the series.

Rubel is currently in a studio residency at Verge Center for the Arts, while further developing her series “Higher Learning.” By blending portraiture and moving scenes, with historic toys, she engages the viewer to participate with interactive art on current events.

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