Artist Profile: Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga

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Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga (Kenya/USA) is a sculptor whose works are resourcefully created from textured sheet metal and steel wire. Naomi physically applies a particular technique in which rolls of sheet metal are immersed in water to create multifaceted effects. The corroded metals align with the concept of Jua Kali, a Swahili adage which translates literally as ‘under the hot sun’, in reference to the appreciation for serendipitous outcomes born out of discarded materials. Manipulating these chance effects, Gakunga adds dye and elaborate folds, to create her shimmering sculptures.

More about the artist on October Gallery