The Woman Behind The Bag- Kara Hobo

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Kara Walker Hobo Bag

 

Hi friends!

At Neva Opet, each move we make is always thoughtfully considered including the name of each style.  Each bag has been named after a woman artist who left a major impact on me as an Art History major in college.  I thought it would be fun to highlight a particular style and share some facts about the woman behind the bag!

To kick things off,  I wanted to start with one of our popular Summer styles: The Kara Hobo.  Named after Kara Walker (1969- Present).  

Kara Walker collage
Walker is an American contemporary artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, and identity through her work.  She is best known for her cut-paper silhouettes. 

The silhouette was typically a tradition reserved for family portraits or book illustrations but Walker has flipped this portrait tradition to create unsettling scenes that reveals the brutality of racism and inequality rooted in American history.  Ultimately poking holes in the romanticised idea of the Antebellum South.  Walker has enveloped the viewer by using large scale imagery and cyclorama forms.  

 
"I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn't walk away, he'd get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning, and possibly very beautiful."
- Kara Walker
To learn more about Kara Walker and her  work, click here.
Until next time,

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