Colorism is the discrimination against those with darker skin tones and favorable treatment of those with lighter skin. This body of work is reflexive of McDaniel's feelings and internalization of being a white passing Person of Color. 


Originating within her and her family's different experiences with racial profiling, skin privilege, and assimilation. McDaniel utilizes materials that reference systematic forms of oppression such as the Brown Paper Bag Test as a point of departure for contemporary instances of racism and colorism that still exist.

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What Divides Us, 2018

This piece utilizes a repurposed church door as a point of reference to the Brown door test. Created during America’s Reconstruction Era many spaces of worship would paint the front of their door brown and required guests to place their hand on the door. If one’s hand were the same shade as or darker than the door, they were not allowed entry.