Hawkins Bolden, Untitled, 1987, galvanized iron, cotton, wood, wire, straw, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William Arnett, 1993.1.1
Hawkins Bolden’s sculptures make a bold statement about confronting challenge with creativity. Human in scale, dotted with multiple “eyes,” raw, rusted, tattered, and soiled, they are both arresting and discomfiting.
Bolden was blinded in a childhood accident. He took to sculpting, creating a population of scarecrow-like sentinels to protect the family vegetable garden from the birds. He used cast-off forms salvaged from around the neighborhood—reinventing both the junked items and himself.
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38 x 17 1/2 x 44 in. (96.5 x 44.5 x 111.8 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of William Arnett
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- galvanized iron, cotton, wood, wire, straw
- Object – furniture – chair
- Object – other – container
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