Kara Walker, Vogue Mag

Kara Walker :: a notebook of words and ideas and images–very personal writings

the shame of the South and the shame of the South’s past; its legacy and its contemporary troubles. Race issues are always at the heart of these matters. And then I got interested in the ways that I almost wanted to aim to please … and fulfill these kinds of desires, these assumptions and associations with blackness. I became very submissive and subservient to myths about blackness, the [kind of] blackness that’s exotic, animalistic, or savage; or noble and strong and forceful–worth putting on display, something grander than grand.

And so I started a couple of years ago keeping a notebook of words and ideas and images, and just about anything that I could to process what blackness was and is all about for me–very personal writings, along with just clippings, nothing that was art, just a way of getting at ideas.

— Kara Walker, 1999.

Walker, Kara. “MoMA | Projects | 1999 | Conversations | Kara Walker.” MoMA | Projects | 1999 | Conversations | Kara Walker. MoMA, 1999. Web. 05 June 2016.

Kara Walker, Vogue Mag

Kara Walker, 2015, Vogue


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don’t overly nerd up art in the analytical as the artist inhales a deep sense of lacking and exhales a countering lest the artist may suffocate under the weight of welded words. well, probably not as words then just become another expanse of lacking