"Negress Notes" (1996)

"Negress Notes," 1996
Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper, 9 x 6 inches
Collection George Lindemann
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

"Beauty is just kind of an accident. Beauty is just a happenstance. Beauty is the remainders of being a painter. The work becomes pretty because I wouldn’t be able to look at a work about something as grotesque as what I’m thinking about, and as grotesque as projecting one’s ugly soul onto another’s pretty body, and representing that in an ugly way."

- Kara Walker