celebrating people of color in the arts

art: Wangechi Mutu’s ‘Cuff Love’

In art on October 15, 2008 at 1:00 am

Absolutely Stunning!  Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu is breathtaking in nude-black-white-gold. She is one of three artists commissioned to create jewelry|art for the Whitney Museum’s annual gala on October 20. Mutu deserves a multi-page spread in the next all-black issue of Vogue. Better yet, give her the cover! 

She’s wearing the bracelet she fashioned in the photo above.  

But like any monumental piece of bling, Mutu’s bracelets, which are like those seen in north and central Kenya and in the past were often worn permanently as external, protective bone structures, can be interpreted as both shackle and adornment. “I wanted to create a sheath that ran the length of the wrist and arm,” Mutu says, “that seemed as restraining and heavy in appearance as it was porous, shimmery and handsome.”

Cuff LoveThe New York Times, October 5, 2008

Photo: Ruven Afanador|The New York Times
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