Black silhouettes cut out and pasted onto white backgrounds form the major part of the works of Kara Walker, but these are not simply pretty profiles. Walker's oeuvre is a whole Pandora's box of race and identity as pertaining to African-American history and present-day sociology. The artist's context ranges from the days of masters and slaves to the havoc wrought by Hurricane Katrina, all of which make for uncomfortable viewing. But the bold black cut outs show such movement and are so easy on the eye that Walker has chosen an excellent method of getting her points and statements across.
Artist: Kara Walker
Insurrection! (Our Tools were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On)