Wangari Mathenge Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Wangari Mathenge
Live in: Sacramento, CA, United States
Artworks for sale: 13.00
Wangari Mathenge Artist Bio:
I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, in a very religious and conservative society where social norms define one's thought process. In this society questions are answered with "it is God's will," or "only God knows" or other such enigmatic conclusion. For a long time I existed as part of a collective with little self-reflection. After a period of dissatisfaction with the work I was doing I noticed a kind of restlessness. There was something missing in my life but I did not have any idea what that could be - I had a good education, a good job and wonderful relationships with family and friends. What could be amiss? It is then that I read a book that reminded me that in the search for authenticity, in the hunt for the 'true self', we should not look forward, but backward; we should not look outward, but inward. The answer resided in the 'child's dream.' The child's dream is the untainted spirit that is quashed by society as we grow older for its supposed implausibility or impracticability. When I looked back, I found 'my child's dream' and it was in the act of creating - drawing, painting, sculpting, writing. Today I explore questions of acceptance and identity as influenced by culture, norms, gender, age and commercialism through portraiture.