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© Kara Walker


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Untitled (Words Too Heavy for My Head)
Kara Walker
sheet 8.25 × 8.125 × inches
ink on paper
Not on view

Object Details

Drawings and Watercolors (Drawings)
Accession Number
in pencil on reverse at lower L “Walker” and at lower R “Walker 94”
Physical Description
black ink drawing of a white man kicking the head of a black woman who is on the ground - her head is decapitated
Credit Line
Miriam and Erwin Kelen Acquisition Fund for Drawings, 1996
Object Copyright
© Kara Walker

object label six 1994 drawings by Kara Walker Walker Art Center, 2000

Kara Walker’s art takes an irreverent, humorous, and fantastical look at the underbelly of America’s obsessions with race, sex, and violence. Although best known for her room-size tableaux of large-scale black-and-white paper silhouettes, Walker also sustains a prolific output of smaller drawings and works on paper like those displayed here. The artist draws her iconography from sources as varied as the pre-Civil War American South, historical romance novels, commercial culture, and slave narratives. Through a “collusion of fact and fiction,” she creates a complex reading of history that is at once seductive and terrifying. What at first glance appears innocent in its fairytale-like rendering is, upon closer inspection, soon revealed to be full of surprising twists and arresting situations.

Label text for six 1994 drawings by Kara Walker, from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.

Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center