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Kara Walker is an African-American artist who rose to fame for her use of large paper silhouettes to explore social issues surrounding gender, race and black history. She is an artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work.
She was born in 1969 in Stockton, California. At the Rhode Island School of Design, Walker began working in the silhouette form. In 1994, her work appeared in a new-talent show at the Drawing Center in New York and she became an instant hit. In 1997, she received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Since then, Walker’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.
- In 2007, TIME magazine named Walker to it’s prestigious “TIME 100″ list.
Kara Walker Quotes
“I have a funny problem with humor, I guess, because I don’t consider it fun. I remember cartoons on TV that were old, pre–Mickey Mouse cartoons. These mysterious black-faced mice. I saw new prints of old Bull Durham ads with these coon scenes, genre scenes, sitting on the porch with all the animals . . . Whatever else they might be, they were also intended to be hilariously funny. The black person was the butt of all kinds of jokes from Vaudeville to Hollywood on up. Where are we now? I think we’ve stopped being funny.”