Naomi Wanjiku

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I have always been fascinated with surface design techniques and the countless possibilities found by combining different processes. My strength lies in the ability to explore the visual realm through knowledge of and experimentation with art materials, methods and color. A background in classical training and traditional techniques has enabled the concepts, approaches and fluidity guiding my work to flow in spontaneous and unique ways.

Integrating timeless African artistic traditions with powerful contemporary materials has given me a strong foundation as well as the tools and inspiration to continue creating new contemporary work. I manipulate metal to explore both material transformation and the contradiction between its qualities. Through attentive handling of layers, surface textures, patterns and color, my work obscures and reveals images beneath the surface. My methods are unique and complex, developed and refined over many years.

Stitching industrial sheet metal with fine gauge stainless steel creates the illusion of weightlessness and transparency through elements known for their strength and durability. A personally developed stressing technique uses a chemical process to change the sheet metal’s surface structure. Once I achieve the desired result, I introduce color. My dyeing process adds delicacy not normally associated with metal. The application achieves an effect similar to water color, resulting in interesting interplays between surface and structure. Repeated linear grids and wave patterns contribute additional textures and forms, ranging from figurative to abstract.

Though I draw upon numerous techniques and processes, they combine in a single aesthetic purpose. I want viewers of my metal wall hangings to experience a complex and intriguing environment that can be contemplated at great length.


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Though I draw upon numerous techniques and processes, they combine in a single aesthetic purpose. I want viewers of my metal wall hangings to experience a complex and intriguing environment that can be contemplated at great length.

Recent Exhibitions

  • 2012
  • Women, Peace and Security Challenge
    March 5 - April 20 2012, United Nations visitor’s Center, New York
  • 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
    Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo Japan, April 1 - 6, 2012
  • Nakamura-key, Nagoya-City, Aichi, Japan, April 11 - 16 2012
  • The 18th European Patchwork Meeting
    Ste Marie-aux Mines, Alsace, France, September 13 - 16 2012
  • Rio Patchwork Design: Contemporary Art Exhibition
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 30 - June 02 2012
    Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 14 - 16 2012
  • Art 2012
    New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, Texas, August 5 - 30 2012
  • 2011
  • Women, Peace and Security Challenge
    Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Confluence - Surface Design Show
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The Art of Transformation
    University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Triennial Global Intrigue II
    Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia
  • Texas Oklahoma Art Prize
    Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls Texas
  • 2010
  • Art Twenty Ten
    Foundry Art Center, St Charles, MO
  • The Artful Table
    Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO
  • Pushing the Limit Artspace
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Inside Out-Fiber Art for the Human Form
    Textile Center Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art
    Houston, Texas

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