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Artist: Chakaia Booker, American, born 1953
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Rubber and wood
46 x 42 x 38in (116.8 x 106.7 x 96.5cm)
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Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum
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“Salvaging such defiant beauty from scraps of resilient black, rubber provides a compelling metaphor of African American survival in the modern world.” —Chakaia Booker

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.
Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art; René Paul Barilleaux, Lowery Stokes Sims (b.1949); 2018; p. 60, 71
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