This one, by Wendy Chen, '14, combines computer parts and old lace. I love the computer keys for a bodice. The "tulle" over the lace is made from transparencies for circuit board manufacturing:
But we were there to see the exhibit, "When I Last Wrote You about Africa," by El Anatsui.
here to read about his process and here to see the results.
The exhibit is his first career retrospective, and the show has paused here in Massachusetts on its way between much larger venues. The work spans ceramics, painting, prints, drawings and sculpture, but the most amazing pieces are the monumental cloths created from cut and pounded metals. They drape and shimmer. They are huge. They speak of hours of labor, and, by extension of years and of lives.
The show is up through June 26, and it's free. Grab a friend and go.