Wangechi Mutu opened up her show earlier on this month in the borough she calls home with “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Starting from 1995 through today, “A Fantastic Journey” offers a glimpse into the artist’s private sketchbooks, where she experiments with collage to create the composite cyborg figures featured in most of her mixed-media work. Among its many highlights, the show also presents three video pieces, including the artist’s first foray into animation, The End of Eating Everything (2013), a film created in collaboration with hip-hop artist Santigold, who stars as a ferocious creature devouring everything in her path. “My life’s journey is to continue thinking and mining this notion of femaleness, and feminism, and advocacy for women through the sort of fictional, sci-fi narratives that I create,” Mutu explained. From the looks of things thus far, it has been a fantastic journey, indeed.