‘It’s a Sensual Kind of Experience of the World’: Julie Mehretu on Why She’s Letting Intuition Guide Her Art Practice Now More Than Ever
On a Zoom call from her Chelsea studio, which overlooks the Hudson River and New York Harbor, Mehretu said the wall for her new site-specific work at the Whitney faces windows onto the same view of the Statue of Liberty. The artist, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Michigan, described the symbolic point of entry to the United States as a conceptual departure point from which to consider the history of migration, as explored in her multilayered abstract painting. For the piece, she also incorporated blurred photographs of riotous anti-immigration protests screen-printed onto the canvas, and considered historical artworks such as Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa when approaching her gestural mark-making.
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Julien Baker finds ways to intensify and expand her already incisive communication style. Her visceral imagery and poetic yet conversational language animates her fatalistic, life-and-death reflections, and veers from the familiar austerity of her voice-and-Telecaster arrangements.
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