Seeing a plant, seeing a garden

Agnes Waruguru, born in Nairobi in 1994, has developed a varied oeuvre, encompassing painting, textile works, installation, and more to explore her own personal identity. She employs materials as tools and symbols—for example, using time-intensive techniques such as embroidery to portray how time passes, and fabrics and needlework to address traditional notions of women’s work. Acts of remixing and spontaneity are central to her work.

Predominantly employing everyday materials like paper, cotton, and ink, she draws particular attention to objects that can be associated with domestic life. Her works, on paper or swathes of fabric, are often filled with poetic washes and blots of color. The thrust of the work comes from the intimate connection that these materials held in the personal lives that yielded them.

In September, she opened her first solo exhibition, “Small Things to Consider,” at Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi. Waruguru’s work was also exhibited at the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale, one of the most prestigious art events on the African continent, which opened in Cape Town in early 2020.

She lives and works in Nairobi.

Source – Artsy

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