A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
-George Edward Moore
Born and raised American contemporary artist Kara Walker is know for sensational desire in merge references from gender, history, power, race, violence and sexuality in most of her master pieces; including her skillfully crafted room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes which she are well known for. The "expression raw and uncut" quiet honestly would be appropriate in describing Walker's line of art. They evoke controversy and criticism focusing on issues that "examine the underbelly of America's racial and gender tensions," as stated in her biography by the Walker Art Center Organization.
Art is indeed that one platform that allow individuals to directly or indirectly shine light on issues that are publicly spoken about and at times the ones that we overlook or quietly sweep under the rug to prevent a spark of controversy.
One of the key things that grab my attention to Walkers art is how each piece or scene stimulates the viewers mind, merging fact and friction rendered with some humor while heterogeneous in its rightful place. There are no filters to her subjective notions; she explores the darker aspects of human behavior or explores the power struggle of all kinds nor does she limit the themes of her art (The past, present, and future all inclusive)
Another interesting things you can notice about Walker's silhouettes scenes (since they are narrative images), they're all cut out of black paper. But she does an amazing job drawing/cutting well-defined detail curves and line to emphasize the race or social status of each subject in her art, although sometimes Walker exaggerates the feature with the outcome being pure artistry humor.
Now i need you to do me a favor:
1. I want you to browse through pieces of Kara Walker art below.
2. Drop your 2-cents in the comment box by answer one or two of the questions
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- What is your response to these images?
- Are there elements in these works that make you uncomfortable? What are they? Why? What is your reaction?
- How does her work confront and challenge your ideas about race?
- Do you find any part of Kara Walker’s work humorous? Sarcastic? Why or why not?
Above & below are images from Kara Walkers' Installation:
- “Slavery!Slavery! Presenting a GRAND and LIFELIKE Panoramic Journey into Picturesque South Slavery of “Life at ‘Ol’ Virginny’s Hole’ (sketches from Plantation Life.”
- “Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred b'tween the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart.”,
- “The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva In Heaven, detail.”,