Alison Garwood Jones

Kara Walker

May 24, 2017

Watercolour sketch of Kara Walker, artist, by Alison Garwood-Jones

Kara Walker is one of seven artists profiled in the April 17-30 edition of New York Magazine (still on many newsstands). Doreen St. Felix describes a black female artist who is acutely aware that her work and persona are a lightning rod for the pathologies that are everywhere in the U.S. “She knows that putting a naked representation of a black woman in a public space invites all sorts of projections, and bullshit, and reverence. She likes that.”

In Walker’s words, an artist is “a person who is strong enough to withstand projection and can project ideas back to the [public] in such a way that their minds change. Or not.” This drawing is my riff on the cover photo of Walker. #courage #UsingYourVoice #Sculpture #AmericanArt #WomenArtists

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