VAS Presents: Wangechi Mutu
Wangechi Mutu, Blackthrone Series, 2012
Wooden chairs, plastic, hair, and tinsel, dimensions variable
Monday, May 6, 2013
6:00 Reception, 7:00 Artist’s Lecture
Construction & Engineering Hall LaSells Stewart Center
The work of Kenyan born, New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu is a visceral response to her critiques of gender, culture and mass media imagery. Exploring the female body as a site of engagement and provocation, Mutu’s work is frequently populated by hybrid figures that possess an almost abject beauty. The artist samples imagery from disparate sources – medical diagrams, fashion magazines, anthropology and botany texts, pornography, and traditional African arts. The artist’s signature aesthetic utilizes tactile and fleshy surfaces to readily engage in her own unique form of myth making, bringing physical and conceptual depth while making social and personal commentary.