Narratives

"I don't know how much I believe in redemptive stories, even though people want them and strive for them. They're satisfied with stories of triumph over evil, but then triumph is a dead end. Triumph never sits still. Life goes on. People forget and make mistakes. Heroes are not completely pure, and villains aren't purely evil. I'm interested in the continuity of conflict, the creation of racist narratives, or nationalist narratives, or whatever narratives people use to construct a group identity and to keep themselves whole – such activity has a darker side to it, since it allows people to lash out at whoever's not in the group. That's a constant thread that flummoxes me."

–Kara Walker. "The Eye of the Storm", Modern Painters, April 2006.