Installation view of Water Woman by Wangechi Mutu, 2017 in Ndoro Na Miti at Gladstone Gallery,
New York, January 26 – March 25, 2017. Photo by David Regen. © Wangechi Mutu.
Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.
NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Wangechi Mutu. The title for this exhibition comes from the Gikuyu words for mud and trees, the prima materia for this body of work. Expanding her sculptural practice, this installation proposes an alternative to the systemic modes of representation in both Western and Eastern traditions by reimagining and recontextualizing the relations between the body, the natural world, and social forces. Well known for collages of hybrid forms drawn from folklore, popular culture, and art history, this new work marks an evolution in Mutu’s critique of the construction of self-image. The complex texture and form that these figures offer prompt inquiry into the relationship between human existence and environment, producing interactions both intimate and challenging.
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