Wangechi Mutu: Cultural Cutouts

Wangechi Mutu is a collage artist who works with physical materials, such as magazine clippings, to create a larger image with texture, pattern, and figures. She uses collage as a mode of conveying a central concept: a person of color who is navigating the world and finding representation of her people in media. Mutu cuts out images from magazines, such as pictures of people and patterns, and places them in specific ways to create colorful, complex collages about her ethnicity as a black woman.

As in Mutu’s work, our assignment for digital media involves pulling images from the Internet and creating a digital collage. While the analog and digital methods have major differences, they allow similar techniques to be used. Inspired by Mutu’s method of collecting and manipulating images, I will be searching for pictures from different genres, such as music and animation, and will digitally cut out pieces of those images in order to overlap them to create a collage.

Another interesting connection to make between Mutu’s work and my prospective digital work is the idea of using one culture as a lens to investigate another culture. While Mutu uses her black culture to evaluate American media, I will be using my American culture as a means of viewing Asian culture, specifically in terms of male beauty standards. Throughout time, there has been a focus on female objectification in Asian culture, but has only recently shifted focus onto male objectification, something that was previously “invisible” to the public; could there be a way to shed light on these “invisible” aspects of the media as Mutu has discussed in the video?


Eye see you *budum tss*

Another direction I would like to explore in my upcoming digital art is similar to the content of Saccstry’s works. She melds cute, innocent figures and portraits with disturbing imagery, such as disease and gore. This work in particular shows a young girl who has a diamond embedded in one of her eyes. The image makes the viewer feel uneasy yet intrigued as it touches on elements of the… SUBLIME [insert Josh’s maniacal laugh here]. While my digital art may not be as detailed or advanced as Saccstry’s, I would like to convey the same content and color scheme.


I Feel You Bro.

So…my interest in digital media is pretty much explained in this work by Cioccolatodorima. First, the color palette is light and PINK. The romantic aura that is reminiscent of shoujo manga provides a contrast to the bold, prominent quote, “I Feel You Bro.” While the characters’ intimate embrace portray sincere emotions, there is humor that almost mocks the meaning of the mainstream quote. The viewer also questions the gender of the characters because they do not have hair, but honestly, it should not matter whether they are male or female or other. Thus, my interest in digital media focuses on people as subject matter, along with “effeminate” style, with a sprinkle of humor.


i’m trash for anything kawaii