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Maker(s):Walker, Kara Elizabeth
Culture:American (1969- )
Title:no world from the series An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters
Date Made:2010
Type:Print
Materials:Etching with aquatint sugar-lift, spit-bite and drypoint, printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate Bright White 300gsm paper
Measurements:Frame: 32 9/16 in x 42 in x 1 3/4 in; 82.7 cm x 106.7 cm x 4.4 cm; Sheet: 27 in x 39 in; 68.6 cm x 99.1 cm
Narrative Inscription:  ARTIST'S INITIALS/DATE: front, lwr. r. (graphite): KW 2010; EDITION NUMBER: front, lwr. l. (graphite): A.P. VIII/VIII
Accession Number:  UM 2017.17
Credit Line:Purchased with the Paul G. and Elaine S. Marks Art Acquisition Fund
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Description:
Seascape with the silhouette of two large hands emerging from the water, holding a five-sailed ship. The silhouette of a nude woman is visible in the water, facing down and seeming to swim to the right. On the left, two smaller silhouettes stand, facing each other, as a wave breaks on the shore to their immediate right. Stylized clouds/smoke rise up through the sky in the center.

Label Text:
Speak to Me of Rivers: An Exploration of Race, Identity, and Lived Experience in African American Culture; February 12 - March 3, 2019:
“My work runs the gamut of types of representation of, sort of, this idea of Blackness . . . you know as it encounters the West, as it encounters the civilized, and you know the ideas of the savage, of the servant sort of run through my work . . . and ideas about liberation and freedom come along and sort of, counteract that.” — Kara Walker

Tags:
African American; diaspora; migrations; slavery; boats

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