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Artist: Chakaia Booker, American, born 1953
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Chakaia Booker works primarily with discarded tires, which she slices, twists, and weaves to create dynamic sculptures. In New York City, Booker noticed that “there were piles and piles of garbage everywhere.” She was drawn to tires specifically due to their subtle differences in color, variety of surface textures, and wide availability. The used tires reference the wearing down of the body due to aging—fine ridges resemble wrinkled skin while deep grooves recall scarring.