At first glance, Kara Walker’s silhouette, “Emancipation Approximation,” pictures a Scarlet O’Hara-type woman, hoop skirt and all, leaning casually against a stump.
As your eyes move over the large-scale piece, however, it takes on a more sinister tone. Severed heads of African-American slaves lie scattered at the woman’s feet; an ax leans menacingly against the stump.
“She looks dainty and has this awful weapon,” Karol Lawson, interim director of the Sweet Briar College Galleries, said. “[Silhouettes were a] Victorian parlor kind of thing to do, but [Walker’s] using it in a more get-in-your-face kind of way.”
Artwork from Sweet Briar’s permanent collection, including the piece by Walker, will be on display Sept. 1 through Dec. 5 in the Anne Gary Pannell Art Gallery at Sweet Briar College.
Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Friday and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Admission is free and group tours are available by appointment. For more information, contact Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 381-6248.
Category: Art Galleries