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Water Woman

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Water Woman

Artist: Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, active United States, born 1972)
Date: 2017
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 36 × 65 × 70 in. (91.4 × 165.1 × 177.8 cm.)
Overall: 400 lb. (181.4 kg.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 2017.25
Accession number: 2017.25
Classification: sculpture
Label TextWater Woman is a stylized, black bronze sculpture of a nguva, a water-woman of East African folklore that blends human characteristics with those of the dugong, an endangered relative of the manatee. The artist has said the nguva represents a "bewitching female aquatic being with powers to entrance and drown susceptible mortals." In contrast to the ubiquitous Western iconography rooted in Hellenic, Nordic, and Anglo-Saxon depictions of silken-haired women with pale skin, here the siren is represented by the luminous, charcoal colored female body, which is a vein if inquiry central to Mutu's work. Source: News, January Febraury March, 2018.
EditionEdition 3 of 3 + 2 AP
entirely unexpected