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.
a different mountain : selected works from the arnett collection, marlborough gallery, nov 21th 2019 — jan 18th 2020, new york, chelsea
american outsiders, the black south, gallery christian berst, June 19th - July 18th 2009