Kara Walker's silhouettes intrigued me, as I also work with paper cutting and occasionally silhouettes. Often when I cut out a figure I like how the second piece of paper looks, with the negative space silhouette inside. I might try to incorporate those into my art - to reduce waste and to try something new. Kara's style is also appealing, and the ease with which she sketches and cuts her drawings is incredible and inspiring.
I related to her revelation about paper cutting, too. I still love illustration but paper cutting opened a new door for me in my art. I could incorporate her silhouette layering technique with my paper cutting if I wanted to do backgrounds in my work. I have always really liked color-blocking in art, especially with plants in backgrounds. So maybe in future art I could cut out plant shapes to create a dense forest background like in Walker's art.
It's also interesting that she works on such a large scale. I tried painting on a large scale but did not enjoy it - I like painting on canvases but apparently not on a wall. (Maybe with different paint or surface it would be better.) Paper cutting would be an interesting path to follow to see if I could work on a large-scale and enjoy it. Finally, her installation aspect of it art is intriguing. When I assemble my art I enjoy playing around with arrangement to see how the various pieces of paper would fit best. Maybe doing a piece where the papers are so separate that they could freely be moved, in the way that Walker assembles her art, would be fun.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School