Wangechi Mutu You were always on my mind 2007

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Artist
Wangechi Mutu born 1972
Title
You were always on my mind
Date 2007
Medium Ink, acrylic paint, paint, crystalline particles, plastic pearls and paper on Melinex
Dimensions Support: 1300 x 825 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented 2008
Reference
T12627
Not on display

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Mutu’s elaborate figurative paintings incorporate collaged materials from a variety of sources including medical journals, ethnographic photo-essays, fashion, wildlife and pornographic magazines. In this double profile, the larger, lower, head is mainly in earth tones, and includes collaged images of a begging figure and a jewelled hand. The smaller head is lushly coloured and partly built-up in layers of a moss-like plant substance. The entire construction suggests a conflation between natural and artificial constructions of beauty and plenty.

September 2008

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