NEW YORK CITY, NY
“At first, the bust of Obama just looks black. But as you get closer, the color opens up to reveal shades of purple, ruby reds, brilliant greens and blues. Each angle brings to light different hues. I opted to give it an earthy texture that would give the topography the depth and light that the subject calls for. The actual color and appearance is difficult to describe unless one moves around and looks at the object from many different angles.”
Kenyan-born, New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu is considered by many to be one of the most important contemporary African artists of recent years, and her work has achieved global acclaim.
Mutu’s work in collage, drawing, sculpture, installation and/or video explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity.
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