Silhouettes: Kara Walker
We’ve all seen silhouettes. The black cutouts against a white background, usually in the form of a profile of a person. We admire the skill it takes to do this well, but is it really art?
In the hands of Kara Walker, it is absolutely art. Walker is an African American artist who uses the medium of silhouette to examine very frankly themes of slavery, race, sexuality, and identity. A lot of her work is highly controversial; she doesn’t pull any punches in her imagery, which can be raw and shocking. She’s best known for large installations that cover the walls of galleries and museums. She became the youngest person to be awarded the so-called “genius” grant of the MacArthur Foundation when she was twenty-seven.
Because I’m not a controversy-seeking person, I include some of her less(?) disturbing images in this post (you’re welcome). For a more complete selection of her work, see here.
|A museum installation|