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    Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Blue jeans, straw, chair, metal bucket, chain, wire
48 x 17.5 x 44 inches
Collection of
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of William S. Arnett

Many Bolden’s works are self-portraits; a number are fashioned from his own effects, especially clothing. The scarecrows' subliminal emphasis on his identity becomes paramount: the artist/planter announces himself to his world and keeps relationships vital and balanced, rooting his city and his oasis in something he feels more deeply.