Grade 9-10 art elective course students worked on the element of art Shape and Space and explored Kara Walker’s artworks. Kara Walker is best known for exploring the raw intersection of race and gender through her iconic, silhouetted figures. Walker unleashes the traditionally proper Victorian medium of the silhouette directly onto the walls of the gallery, creating a theatrical space in which her unruly cut-paper characters inflict violence on one another.
As part of this project we decided to look at a social-political issues of our time and each student or pair of students chose their own topic. They researched and found press images that related to their theme and then turned some of them into semi-recognisable shapes/silhouettes. Students then considered the best use of space and arranged the silhouettes in a way that tells a story and ultimately makes people think more about this current affair.
Ms Konstantina Kapanidou – Art teacher