Friday, March 13, 2009


I'm having a thing for silhouettes again.

Portraits, dogs... African American history?

Kara Walker (b. 1969), is an African American artist who explores the history of racial injustice through, what else, the silhouette. Her room-size tableaux have been shown around the US, including MOMA, and she was named one of
Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007.

Her exploration of the graphic and sometimes disturbing realities of
African American culture, done in such a traditional medium,
have me spellbound.

I find her images to be perfect, and am so grateful to have
stumbled upon yet another female artist who can
portray significant and controversial subjects with sophistication and elegance.

One can only hope to be so bold.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very comparable post over the last couple of weeks, I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks.
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