Kara Walker is a contemporary African- American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size of black cut- paper silhouettes.
"The history of America is built on . . . inequality, this foundation of a racial inequality and a social inequality," the artist has said. "And we buy into it. I mean, whiteness is just as artificial a construct as blackness is."
The murals present Walker's pictorializations of slavery - the transport of slaves, the slave ship, Southern plantation life - as she imagines it to have been. And in these images, at once fantasy and fantastical, Walker explores the origins of racism in America today.
Some people choose to boycott the gallery shows of Kara Walker. Do you find her work offensive? Why or why not?
1 day project
Choose a social issue that is important to you.
Create a sketch only utilizing the negative space or silhouettes.
Write a one paragraph artist statement about your piece?