• The Transformer

    Date posted: July 13, 2009 Author: jolanta
    Wangechi Mutu’s drawings couple collaged parts of idealized women clipped from fashion magazines with drawn and ink-soaked passages. They are rooted in the history of Kenyan traditional storytelling and postcolonial horror stories. Subtly and painfully twisted images reference traditionally-clad African women. As a process of mutation is recognized through careful scrutiny, the images prove hard to stomach. Kenya’s past of enormous resources and privilege now faces a crisis of confidence in tackling poverty, civil strife, and political instability. This dichotomy is reflected in the work of Wangechi Mutu.

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    Wangechi Mutu, Ectopic Pregnancy, 2004.

    Wangechi Mutu’s drawings couple collaged parts of idealized women clipped from fashion magazines with drawn and ink-soaked passages. They are rooted in the history of Kenyan traditional storytelling and postcolonial horror stories. Subtly and painfully twisted images reference traditionally-clad African women. As a process of mutation is recognized through careful scrutiny, the images prove hard to stomach. Kenya’s past of enormous resources and privilege now faces a crisis of confidence in tackling poverty, civil strife, and political instability. This dichotomy is reflected in the work of Wangechi Mutu.

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