“There’s no diploma in the world that declares you as an artist. You can declare yourself an artist and then figure out how to be an artist.“
- Name: Kara Walker
- Born: November 26th, 1969
- From: Stockton, California
- Occupation: Artist
- Works: “A Subtlety” (2014), “Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart” (1994), “The Emancipation Approximation” (1999)
- Awards: MacArthur Fellowship Award for Visual Arts (1997), Glamour Award for the Artist (2008)
- Fun Fact: Walker found herself uncomfortable and afraid to address race within her art during her early college years. She had a distinct worry that having race as the nucleus of her content would be received as “typical” or “obvious.”
Kara Walker is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. She has also taught extensively at Columbia University. Her edgy and controversial artwork has inspired others to explore topics such as racism and sexuality.
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