Women artist in art history : Kara Walker

Kara Walker...,This is one of the many women artists who should be known and respected for her charisma, her outspokenness, and her stand. Here, in a few lines, is the story of Kara Walker and her message.


Portrait of Kara Walker. Photo by Ari Marcopoulos. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Kara Walker, an African-American visual artist, was born in Stockton, California in 1969.

Through her art, Kara explores the horrors of slavery before, during, and after the Civil War. She is known for her use of the silhouette, an element widely used in 19th century portraiture and decorative art. Her work examines themes of subjugation, depravity, and desire, as well as the hypersexualization of the black woman.

By confronting us with the discomfort of oppression, Kara Walker reminds us of a traumatic American heritage and challenges us to reflect on our role in the unjust attitudes that shape our society.