Kenyan born, New York based artist, Wangechi Mutu presents an exciting new collection of works at the Victoria Miro from October 14th until December 19th.
Mutu’s artwork is strikingly unique and beautiful. Her work centres around the body and subversion of the female body which allows Mutu to question issues of cultural identity, African politics, fashion, biology, gender and the feminine. Mutu uses a variety of materials to construct her images, ranging from tea and glitter, to synthetic hair and linoleum. Her technique varies greatly, incorporating collage, acrylics, inks, airbrushing and stencilling.
2005 saw her mainly collage based works concerning female body parts, displayed at the Saatchi Gallery. Her newest offerings still consider the female body, yet incorporate elements of mythology and nature. I’m sure that this exhibition will be one not to miss.
The pictures below show some of Mutu’s earlier collages that highlight, create, or distort, female body parts.
Mutu’s upcoming exhibition at the Victoria Miro is called ‘Nguva na Nyoka’, meaning ‘Sirens and Serpents’ in Kiswahili.