Kara Walker has easily become my favorite female artist and is becoming my favorite artist period. She continually amazes me with her broad vision! The “Sugar Sphinx” lierally made my jaw drop when I seen it. I have been dreaming lately of visiting Egypt and seeing with my own eyes the greatness of the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
I often wondered what story lay behind these great sculptures. I often make up stories to amuse myself like “maybe the lion got tired of walking and decided this was a great place to rest” and “maybe the pyramids were just a easy way to trap cool air” (laughs) often choosing my version of “creative thinking” than the traditional factual evidence of these massive statues.
Kara Walker’s Sphinx is just as magical and offers just as many creative interpretations. My immediate thought was the Black Woman being “queen of the struggle”. The Sphinx looks to be dressed in head cloth that reminds me of an older black woman, with her face in a serious tone as if she has just finished a hard days work. Her face is of satisfaction but also uncertainty.
How does it make you feel? What does it say to you?