What Kiki Loves

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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.  

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    One of my heroes. Skin Deep Magic has a few pieces that are “in conversation” with her work.
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    Had a hallucinogenic flashback while looking at her awesome work during class. Wtf.
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