American artist Julie Mehretu creates large scale interdisciplinary work on various supports. Mehretu’s work has always been an inspiration to me, due her multi layered, and multi disaplined approach to her pieces. Politized landscapes is especially interesting, from the awesome scale, screen printing, painting, context and concept. Working first with pixellated photographs Mehretu begins layering small pixels from images that were known for race riots, political activism and rallies agianst man’s inhumanity to man. Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, she fled with her family to the US when she was seven. Mehretu makes art that depicts the cumulative effects of political and sociological changes, through the alteration of the local architecture and topography.
My intention has always been to make work with an interdisaplinary approach, having made several small pieces in the last two modules. Migrants for many reasons do not want to be photographed, this together with being removed from all the building sites that I visited posed a problem. Could I show migrant children, interdisaplinary work and site photographs together?
‘Julie Mehretu · SFMOMA’. 2020. [online]. Available at: https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/julie-mehretu-howl-eon-i-ii/ [accessed 22 Apr 2020].
‘Julie Mehretu: “Mural” (SHORT)’. 2020. Art21 [online]. Available at: https://art21.org/watch/extended-play/julie-mehretu-mural-short/ [accessed 7 Jan 2020].