Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet
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Walker's statue is done in the same style as the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. Like the Egyptian Sphinx, Walker's massive "A Subtlety" is unavoidable. It is over 75 feet long and 35 feet tall, and prompts audiences to ask many questions about it's symbolism. (This annotation contains a link)
To see some of Walker's earlier works check out this link. (This annotation contains a link)
Art is a very intentional act that is meant to provoke thought and reaction. Why might Walker have chosen to blend a stereotypical figure, the mammy, with more realistic human features in her sculpture? What message do you think she wanted to convey to her audience? Why?
To find out more about the Mammy Caricature/Archetype/Stereotype you can follow this link. (This annotation contains a link)
There are candy boy sculptures throughout the factory. (This annotation contains an image)
Walker's choice to use pleasant imagery on the surface and reveal disturbing imagery only in details indicates that she
Why do you think people will buy certain items--such as diamonds, clothes produced in certain areas, electronics, etc.--that are produced even in 2014 under inhuman conditions?
Why do you think race is a discussion that we still have, and one that is unresolved? What can we do to help resolve any of our cultural and social discriminatory constructs, like race?