The In-Between Place

The Louisiana Museum recently interviewed Kalamazoo College alumna and artist Julie Mehretu ’92. The interview is titled “The in-between place,” and in it Mehretu talks about some of her recent work and its various influences, including the architecture of Cairo, Egypt, and recent events surrounding the Arab spring and the revolution that is ongoing in Egypt. She talks about the influence of her own origins as a person who was born in Ethiopia and whose family migrated to the United States, and she shares insights into the layered textures of her work and the large scale of her paintings, which provides multiple perspectives and experiences as the viewer processes the painting in multiple parts as well as its wholeness. Mehretu is one of the most celebrated artists of our time whose work has appeared in galleries and museums throughout the world. She maintains studios in New York City and Berlin.