Still Life (2005-7)
Still Life is a series of four videos that use West African textiles in a sensual and, at times, unnerving physical performance by the artist to camera. Ndiritu wraps, conceals and reveals her body, creating and controlling tensions within the fabric to provoke different emotional responses.
Ndiritu extends Matisse’s methodology in his Odalisque paintings of transforming both the figure and patterns into a single pictorial plane.
By wrapping her body within textiles Ndiritu extends Matisse’s methodology in his Odalisque paintings of transforming both the figure and patterns into a single pictorial plane. By loading patterns upon patterns in Still Life, Ndiritu also creates and controls tensions with the fabrics that provoke a transcendental experience.
Grace Ndiritu (Kenya/UK) lives and works in London. She studied at Winchester School of Art, London; De Ateliers, Amsterdam (1998-2000); and had a UK studio residency at Delfina Studios, London (2004-2006). Her ‘Hand-crafted Videos’ and ‘Video Paintings’ have been widely exhibited, with recent solo shows at the ICA, London (Artists’ Film Survey, 2011), Artprojx Presents at Prince Charles Cinema, London (2009), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007), the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2005). Recent group shows include those at the Bamako Biennale, Mali (2011), International Center of Photography, New York (2009) and the Studio Museum, Harlem, New York (2008). Grace Ndiritu recently won the 1st Prize for Landscape Video and Photography at the Centre for Art and Nature, Spain (2010). Her work has been commissioned by Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2010), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007), and Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea (2006). Her work is also housed in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and private collections such as the Walther Collection, New York and Germany.
Courtesy of the artist and Agency Gallery, London
You may listen to Grace Ndiritu chat about her work as part of our series of artist interviews on the COTTON: Global Threads blog