Inspirational Women: Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu
I Put A Spell On You, 2005, Wangechi Mutu via the DB ArtMag

I came across Wangechi Mutu’s art a few years ago and thought it was really interesting.

Her base references to women, Africa, nature and science are always intriguingly represented, subverted and integrated into complex and startlingly beautiful savage, colourful art that I find fascinating.

This week, I watched the Blouin ArtInfo interview “A Fantastic Journey” with Wangechi Mutu, interviewer Mickalene Thomas, talking about art and personal influences. [Youtube clip inserted below].

The Blouin article – to promote a major exhibition of Wangechi Mutu’s work – says [click here to go to source at Blouin ArtInfo]:

Nairobi-born, Brooklyn-based mixed media artist Wangechi Mutu has spent the last twenty years creating fantastical worlds and cyborg creatures in her collages, video works, and installations. “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” at the Brooklyn Museum, the artist’s first survey in New York, brings together a wide selection of pieces from the mid-1990s to the present, including a recent video piece made with musician Santigold and sculptural tree-like installations affixed to the walls of the museum. On the occasion of Mutu’s exhibition, we thought that Mickalene Thomas — another Brooklyn-based artist who frequently deals with vibrant representations of the female body — would be the perfect person to interview Mutu on her survey, her career, and her approach to creating.

Catch “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” at the Brooklyn Museum before it closes March 9.

If, like me, you have no hope of making the exhibition, a beautiful book may be the best way to learn more.  I already have, and can recommend, ‘A Shady Promise’.  ‘A Fantastic Journey’, the book of the Brooklyn Museum exhibition, is in the post to me and, as ever, there is lots of info and images to be found via internet search.

Fabulous to see the inspirational Wangechi Mutu achieving a wider audience for her work.  Let me know your thoughts …

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