Thierry Goldberg Gallery

Mequitta Ahuja

November 15 - December 22, 2013

Thierry-Goldberg Gallery is pleased to announce Mequitta Ahuja’s first exhibition with the gallery. Ahuja presents a new body of work with five large paintings and a series of works on vellum. The show opens on November 15th, with a reception from 6 to 8pm, and will run through December 22, 2013.

Often depicting her own figure set in fantastical surroundings, Ahuja defines her work as “a process of identity formation that combines the real with the self-invented.” Marrying together Eastern and Western motifs that allude to Ahuja’s mixed African and South-Asian heritage, the paintings are layered with colorful combinations of mixed patterns and symbols.

In the large-scale piece, Wiggle Waggle, from her newest series “Rhyme Sequence,” Ahuja presents herself with brown-patterned skin, standing fearlessly nude with the exception of gold bangles and earrings. She stands boldly, like a mythical warrior, exploring the dreamy purple and blue landscape.

Contrastingly, the series titled “In Back Garden” depicts Ahuja’s nude figure with a somewhat more reserved, demure feel, as she glances away from the viewer. In some instances, a shutter release cord is visible in her hand, as she sits and poses to capture her own portrait. This leads to a sense of the real, as she uses photographs of herself for the work. The added patterns, numbers, and abstracted geometry, usher in the imagined.

Mequitta Ahuja (b. 1976, Grand Rapids, MI) lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Master’s in Fine Art from The University of Illinois, Chicago, IL. She has previously exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX; Arthouse, Austin, TX; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France; and Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY. Other exhibitions include the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California; the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in Texas; the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, Kansas; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., among others.

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