Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga: Tushauriane – Let’s Talk about it
A solo exhibition of new wall-hanging sculptures made from oxidised sheet metal.
Gakunga, who was born in Kenya in 1960, makes sculptural works primarily out of oxidised sheet metal and wire, materials that celebrate Jua Kali, a Swahili adage that translates as ‘under the hot sun’ and which is an aesthetic proposition based on the beauty of organic degradation. The artist uses the weather itself to stain her materials, leaving them exposed to the natural cycle of wind, sun and rain before assembling them into the three-dimensional dialogues that are her final works. Her process is inspired by the pioneering work of the Mabati Women’s Group in Kenya in the 1960s, which used the same sheet metal to transform the roofs of buildings. By using this material, the women were able to inhabit homes with roofs that could successfully collect water, thus saving them time and empowering the women in the process.
Tues - Sat - 12.30 - 17.30 18 May - 29 July 2017
October Gallery London WC1N 3AL
Thu 18 May 2017 to Sat 15 Jul 2017