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Untitled Portrait Watercolor 2001 12x9 Works on Paper (not prints) by Wangechi Mutu
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Untitled Portrait Watercolor 2001 12x9

Wangechi Mutu

Works on Paper (not prints) : Watercolor on Heavy Card Stock
Size : 11.61x8.66 in  |  29x22 cm

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Year2001

Not Signed 

Condition Mint 

Not Framed 

Purchased fromArtist 2001 

Provenance / HistoryThis piece was part of a 4 piece series of storyboards in preparation for a photoshoot with recording artist Crystal Waters at the Giraffe hotel in Manhattan, which was published in a clothing designer lookbook the same year. Photographer was Jason Mickle who also created the cover photography for Crystal Waters' album "Come On Down". 

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Wangechi Mutu - Kenya

Art Brokerage: Wangechi Mutu Kenyan Artist: b. 1972. Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry. Drawing from the aesthetics of traditional crafts, science fiction and funkadelia, Mutus works document the contemporary myth making of endangered cultural heritage. Piecing together magazine imagery with painted surfaces and found materials, Mutus elaborate collages mimic amputation, transplant operations and bionic prosthetics. Her figures become satirical mutilations. Their forms are grotesquely marred through perverse modification, echoing the atrocities of war or self-inflicted improvements of plastic surgery. Mutu examines how ideology is very much tied to corporeal form. She cites a European preference to physique that has been inflicted on and adapted by Africans, resulting in both social hierarchy and genocide. Mutus figures are equally repulsive and attractive. From corruption and violence, Mutu creates a glamorous beauty. Her figures are empowered by their survivalist adaptation to atrocity, immunized and improved by horror and victimisation. Their exaggerated features are appropriated from lifestyle magazines and constructed from festive materials such as fairy dust and fun fur. Mutu uses materials which refer to African identity and political strife: dazzling black glitter symbolises western desire which simultaneously alludes to the illegal diamond trade and its terrible consequences. Her work embodies a notion of identity crisis, where origin and ownership of cultural signifiers becomes an unsettling and dubious terrain. Mutus collages seem both ancient and futuristic. Her figures aspire to a super-race, by-products of an imposed evolution. In this series of work, she uses old medical diagrams, to convey the authenticity of artefact, as well as an appointed cultural value. Satirically identifying her diseases as a sub/post-human monsters, she invents an equally primitive and prophetically alien species; a visionary futurism inclusive of cultural difference and self-determination. Listings wanted.

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