Monday, June 25, 2007

Pantomimes Of Sin And Sorrow

Kara Walker (b. 1969) - Excavated from the Black Heart of a Negress, 2002 (detail)

'I didn’t want a completely passive viewer. Art means too much to me. To be able to articulate something visually is really an important thing. I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful. I wanted to create something that looks like you. It looks like a cartoon character, it’s a shadow, it’s a piece of paper, but it’s out of scale. It refers to your shadow, to some extent to purity, to the mirror.'

Kara Walker