Discover one-on-one discussions about each artist’s work, between the curator and artists from RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. Here’s an interview with artist Julie Mehretu.
Julie Mehretu makes large-scale, gestural paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas and overlaid with marks in pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint. Mehretu’s work conveys a layering and compression of time, space and place, as well as a collapse of art-historical references, from the dynamism of the Italian futurists and the geometric abstraction of Malevich to the enveloping scale of abstract expressionist colour field painting. Through a cacophony of marks, her works seem to represent the speed of the modern city, depicted, perhaps contradictorily, with the timeless materials of pencil and paint.