Wangechi Mutu – Between the Earth and the Sky

Published on September 9, 2021

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! Episode #277: From her Nairobi studio, artist Wangechi Mutu considers her relationship with the natural world and the ways in which it has influenced her variegated artistic practice. A self-described “city girl with a nature brain,” Mutu recounts her upbringing in Kenya, memories of playing in her family’s garden, and attending an all-girls Catholic school. These experiences instilled a profound respect for both nature and the feminine in Mutu, alongside a curiosity about the African history, heritage, and culture that was omitted from her studies. Today, Mutu’s monumental sculptures of hybrid female, animal, and plant forms assert “how incredibly important every single plant and animal and human is in keeping us all alive and afloat.”

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