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Chakaia Booker (1953 – ) is a visual artist whose art focuses on ecological concerns, racial issues, economics, global issues, and gender. Booker’s artwork using tires also represent issues related to consumerism and environmental concerns. Her works of art are often developed by recycling discarded rubber tires into complex statement pieces. She also recycles other found objects and materials into works of art as well. She began using discarded tire and construction materials in the early 1990’s. Booker views tires, in particular, as being a versatile art medium. Her works of art are displayed both in indoor and outdoor settings. Her sculptures can sell for up to $300,000 each.
Booker obtained a BA in sociology from Rutgers in 1976 and an MFA from City College of New York in 1993. Booker’s works have been featured in both national and international exhibitions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the White House. Her studio is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.