“Camouflage and mutation are 2 important themes in my work, but the idea I’m most enamoured with is the notion that transformation can help us to transcend our predicament. We all wear costumes when we set out for battle.”—
I’ve been reading this quote over and over, and it just gets better each time. Love this (and Mutu) so hard.
Inspirational Art by Kenyan Artist Wangechi Mutu
Wangechi Mutu is an African artist renowned for her haunting and dramatic female figures. An artist from Nairobi, Kenya, Mutu creates painted and collaged images of the female body offering a commentary on feminist and racial issues such as the history of women’s representation, cultural migration, global identity, colonial legacies, exoticism, and voyeuristic fascination.
Mutu’s work has been featured in museums and galleries all around the world exhibited in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Miami Art Museum, Tate Modern in London, the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, Kunstpalast Dusseldorf in Germany, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She participated in the 2004 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. Her work has been featured in several major exhibitions including Greater New York at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Black President at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Barbican in London, and USA Today at The Royal Academy in London. As a unique visual artist Mutu’s work has important political and social implications.
Wangechi Mutu observes: “Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.” Piecing together magazine imagery with painted surfaces and found materials, Mutu’s collages explore the split nature of cultural identity, referencing colonial history, fashion and contemporary African politics.