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Robinson 1Isaac RobinsonMrs. DeNealArt AppreciationSeptember 16, 2018Art in the 21st CenturyMany modern artists have influenced each other over time. They have worked together tocreate new paintings, sculptures, and categories of art itself. Art has advanced over the years withthe advancement of technology and the constantly changing world around us. These artists usepersonal experiences and real-life issues to bring them to attention through their works of art. Allartists have a passion to change the world, and they are doing it one piece at a time.A brilliant artist needs knowledge and a personal understanding of a concept to make itvisible in their work. Kara Walker is a well-known African American contemporary artist resid-ing in New York City. Her work with silhouettes makes the viewer a part of the scene, able tolive in that moment of time. Her inspirations for art come with her heritage, culture, and her his-tory of being an African American. The views and opinions of Walker are clearly expressedthrough her “illusions of history” on the treatment of slaves and women (Public BroadcastingService). Being in the world that we live in today, it is extremely hard to profess your opinionson these matters when everyone is easily offended and too hard-headed to listen. Walker makesprofound statements throughout her work without worrying what others will think and tells a fas-cinating story in the process.Kara Walker grew up in diverse neighborhoods and had a vast understanding of what itmeans to be different. As an African American, she grew up with struggles that most people to-
Robinson 2day do not have to deal with. Racism, the prejudice of someone of a different race and believingthat one’s race is superior, is something she dealt with the most. She grew up in Stockton, Cali-fornia where the Ku Klux Klan, a group of racists that hated blacks, still had rallies often. Andgrowing up through high school she had been called many racial slurs such as the “n-word”. Noone should ever grow up having to hear this word. It would have been very hard as a child seeingthe hatred that exists in the world. Many of these experiences are highly incorporated in her sil-houettes, paintings, and sculptures. At the very early age of three, she had knew that she wantedto be an artist. By watching the works of her father, Larry Walker, in their small garage, Karaliked to pick up small pieces of chalk and imitate the actions of her father (Public BroadcastingService). To this day she still incorporates chalk in her work, whether its sketching out an outlineof a slave owner or using it in a painting.When she was very young she experienced a major cultural shock when she and her fam-ily moved to Atlanta, Georgia due to her father’s acceptance of a position at Georgia State Uni-versity. Most children do not get the opportunity to see different cultures as Walker did. One ofher works that clearly expresses understanding of diversity is theDarkytown Rebellion, 2001. It

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Fall
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Sara DeNeal
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Vietnam War, Public Broadcasting Service, Isaac Robinson

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