Wangechi Mutu - Contemporary Artists

Mask

Mask The Saatchi Gallery
 

Wangechi Mutu

Mask

2006
mixed media collage

collage

Wangechi Mutu’s Mask draws provocative comparison between archaeology and sexual fetishism. Pasted over the photo of a museum relic, her saucy model becomes a temptress of caricatured exotica. Encasing the woman’s body and face in a cut out of a voodoo sculpture, Mutu envelops her cover girl as a product of typecast desire and roleplay: warrior-princess, s&m freak, chastity-belted virgin. Overlapping the controversial facets of cultural association, Mutu’s figure beacons as a subversive dominatrix, shrewdly co-opting the rules of hierarchy, power, and manipulation.
 
  close window

     
 


© All rights reserved - The Saatchi Gallery