Talking Notes and Bibliography

Talking Points


—the sign that says words in different language shows different culture.

— the boy is covered with brown sugar

— contemporary art.

— Slave labor


— African American artist

— create works to explore race, gender and so on.

— background information

— the era of the author

— critic


“I didn’t want a completely passive viewer. I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful.”

“I make art for anyone who forgot what it feels like to put up a fight whose forgot what pure

sins about.” ( Narratives of a Negress 36)

“In Walker’s art, we’re often trapped in the seventy-five years of American hell between 1788…” (Jerry Saltz)


—Work ahead for three days in order to cover the statues in molasses and brown sugar.

— the material of the statue


The purpose of the statue is expressed through the material of the statue, the lighting, the color of the statue, and the surrounding environment of the statue.

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