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Hawkins Bolden
Untitled
1987
wood, cloth, galvanized iron, and straw
38 x 17 1/2 x 44 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William Arnett



Bolden, who is part Creole and part American Indian, protects his beloved garden in Memphis, Tennessee, with scarecrows he constructs from washtubs, clothing, coffeepots, and other cast-off articles. Although he was blinded in a baseball accident as a child, his figures often convey distinctly human body language. This scarecrow, for example, seems to slouch lazily in its ladder back chair.