Wangechi Mutu

One Hundred Lavish Months of Bushwhack, 2004

Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.

Wangechi Mutu (Saatchi website)


Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist, sculptor and anthropologist, who predominantly works in the medium of collage. The distinctive technique she uses in her large-scale artworks combines drawing with both pencil and ink (very expressive spatters and marbling) with collage elements taken from glossy magazines such as Vogue and National Geographic. Jordan Kantor observes: “The artist’s apparent revelry in the way ink splashes, runs, and marbleizes on the plastic-based Mylar sheets she typically uses conveys an enthusiasm for looking, and for the visual, that is contagious” (Dexter, p.214).

Hide and Seek, Kill or Speak, 2004

Wangechi Mutu uses the African female body as a starting point for her social commentaries. The depicted figures remind plastic surgeries gone-wrong or mutilated war victims, yet this repulsive and violent imagery appears beautiful in some perverse way. Her razor-sharp criticism hits contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry. David Moos, AGO Curator of Contemporary Art, explains: “Wangechi Mutu’s work boldly explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity, drawing the viewer into conversations about beauty, consumerism, colonialism, race, and gender. Her representations of the human form are disturbing and transfixing, at once utterly complex and strikingly direct” (AGO).

Indurated Ulcers of the Cervix, 2005

My Strength Lies, 2006


Dexter E. (ed) (2005) Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, London: Phaidon Press Ltd

AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario Provocative Kenyan-Born Artist Wangechi Mutu to Tear Up Gallery Walls in Canadian Debut:

Saatchi Gallery, Wangechi Mutu – artist’s profile:


3 responses to “Wangechi Mutu

  • Abbie foulkes

    I just wanted to let u know tht I really admire ur work. U do an amazing job of expressin what’s in your head. Please email me I would love to talk to you more of even more inspiration! ^.^

    • speloona

      I’m confused which work are you referring to:) the work above, which is Wangechi Mutu’s art not mine.. or my own stuff that you’ve seen elsewhere (my website or behance)??

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