Wangechi Mutu is currently showing works at Storm King Art Centre in New Windsor, New York, on view through November 7, 2022.
Mutu’s exhibition foregrounds the artist’s recent practice in earth and bronze sculptures, which populate Storm King’s expansive landscape. Mutu’s operate reverently engages with the organic environment to handle suggestions of historic violence and its impact on females, mythology, and ritual, and their inextricable associations with our ecosystems. The artist molds her concepts and materials to assert the existence and cultural relevance of historic authentic myths, fables, and histories.
Sited outside on Museum Hill—on land that is the ancestral household of the Lenape—are 8 of Mutu’s huge-scale forged bronze works, including In Two Canoe, a sculptural fountain in which two figures develop into 1 with their vessel and the landscape all around them. Installed in the context of Storm King’s fields, meadows, woods, and ponds, these sculptures acquire on new resonance, when incorporating layers of which means to the site’s present ecologies and histories, such as the thought of the site and region as colonized land. Mutu envisions landscape as a fertile backdrop for reflecting, mythmaking, and setting the scene in which ladies become strong and autonomous protagonists and world-wide indigeneity is centered. This juxtaposition asserts the great importance of ordeals, perspectives, and understanding devices excluded from dominant narratives, and the ability to consider not only new worlds but far more equitable variations of our individual.
For the indoor portion of the exhibition, Mutu provides the pure planet inside of through both equally uncooked components and visual representations. New sculptures and two movies, My Cave Get in touch with (2021) and Consume Cake (2012), present portals into imagined and mythological landscapes and span both floors of Storm King’s Museum Constructing galleries.