Hawkins Bolden, who was half Creole and part American Indian, was blinded as the result of a baseball accident when he was eight years old. Bolden’s small urban home was squeezed between a car wash and a tall brick privacy wall. In the shadow of the wall was a room-size garden that Bolden loved and protected from harm with “scarecrows” that he made from found objects.
His sculptures were sunk into the ground bearing faces of hubcaps, metal pans, and scraps of sheet metal. Every surface was punched through with holes and adorned with sections of rubber hose and carpet.
american outsiders, the black south, gallery christian berst, June 19th - July 18th 2009