Bloody Old Head Games, 2005
Ink, acrylic, and photocollage on Mylar
Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
© Wangechi Mutu
Wangechi Mutu, a Kenyan-born artist based in New York, makes luscious yet unsettling pictures of female figures. Her painted and collaged works on Mylar function as potent social critique while simultaneously exploring more poetic strains of mythology and allegory as well as the sensuousness of form, color, and pattern. Particularly interested in myths about gender and ethnicity that have long circulated in Africa and the West, Mutu has adopted the medium of collage — which by its nature evokes rupture and collision — to depict the monstrous, the exotic, and the feminine. Her exhibition at SFMOMA combines works on paper and a site-specific installation.
The New Work series is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is generously supported by Collectors Forum, an SFMOMA auxiliary and the founding patron of the series. Major funding is also provided by Mimi and Peter Haas, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Robin Wright, and the Betlach Family Foundation.