Ankle Bracelet is a signed screen print on Saunders Waterford High White paper made by the renowned American artist and designer, KAWS in 2017. The print depicts the outline of a cartoon character. Lacking any distinguishing features, it is difficult for the viewer to identify which character it is. KAWS fills the cartoon’s body with a set of distinctive graphics in bold and vibrant colours. Blues and reds dominate the composition, with splashes of pink, green and yellow.
The print is part of the Outlines collection, a body of works which all take the outline of a famous cartoon character which KAWS then fills with graphic patterns. When looked at closely, the viewer can see various signature features of KAWS’ visual language, such as crosses which the artist uses to block out the eyes of the cartoon characters he draws.
The works in the Outlines collection were produced in the late 2000s, a time in which KAWS was experimenting with the incorporation of television into his artworks. The artist was well known for creating his own stock of figurative characters, such as Companion, Chum, Bendy and Accomplice. However, in this collection, KAWS appropriates and adapts already well-known figures, imbuing them with his unique artistic style.