Essay on Julie Mehretu : An Underlying Narrative

964 Words Oct 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970. She was schooled in Kalamazoo, where she received her bachelor degree in Art, and continued on to receive her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1997 (Artnet). She lives and works in Harlem New York with her artist and partner (Plagens). Mehretu works on drawings influenced by architectural plans and aerial maps. She adds many layers to increase complexity. She relates the layering to herself as parts of who she is. She explains that in more than one piece of hers there is an underlying narrative (Plagens). She does drawings, printmaking, and paintings that are usually abstract (Artnet). She does a lot of her work in New York but has a massive studio on Berlin that she uses for very large art pieces (Artnet). Her work has been said to be nonliteral art movements such as Futurism to Constructivism. All of her works, involve the city life such as graffiti or architecture. One thing to also notice is that she adds many layers, as well as, fast, sharp arching lines to her work (Artnet).
Julie Mehretu. Stadia I. 2004. Ink and acrylic on canvas. 107 in. x 140 in. x 2 ¾ in. (271.78 cm x 355.6 cm x 6.99 cm). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ArtStor. .http://library.artstor.org.ezproxy.uwc.edu/library/iv2.html?parent=true
Julie Mehretu’s piece Stadia I is part of a three piece selection. She uses her main technique of layering. This piece consists of shapes, rectangles, triangles, circles and her famous…

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