Kiki Loves: Kara Walker (Artist)
"I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful." —Kara Walker
Kara Walker (1969-) is a New York based artist, well known for her paper-cut silhouette works, which draw on historical narratives of antebellum South and slavery. Her sexual and violent imagery is both shocking and thought provoking.
I became a fan many years ago after seeing her work in a magazine. Walker first came to art world attention in 1994 with her mural “Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart.”
She has a permanent installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City entitled Insurrection! (Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On), 2000.