Hawkins Bolden, half Creole and partially Native American, went blind at the age of 8 after a baseball accident. The small house he lived in in the city was stuck between a car wash and a high brick wall. In the shade of this wall, there was a small garden that Bolden loved and protected from external aggression with “scarecrows” that he made with found objects.
These sculptures were embedded in the ground and had faces made of car wheel covers, metal pots and metal plate ends. Each surface was pierced with holes and decorated with rubber hose ends and pieces of carpet.
Preface : Phillip March Jones
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition American Outsiders I : the Black South / African-American vernacular art, from june 19th to july 18th, 2009.
Co published with les éditions Le livre d’art, 2009.