Name: Tashnia Ahmed
Course: Art Appreciation
Instructor: Ms. A. Miller
Julie Mehretu’s Stadia II
Julie Mehretu was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. The University Cheikh Anta Diop is where she was a student and she got her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in the year of 1997. Renegade Delirium, another famous artwork by Julie Mehretu displays the fact that she is an abstract artist. In 2004, Mehretu articulately created the painting that was named “Stadia II”. As soon as my eyes set upon her art, I had the instant thought of “Wow, look at the balance of colors and design!” Mehretu’s brush seemed to be dancing on the canvas in this piece as she splashes colors of yellow, blue, red, black, grey, orange, white and aquamarine. Looking at the art from the bottom up, the hue altered from a softer yellow to a bolder dark blue and green. Line plays a huge role in the painting because you can see various curves and diagonal lines taking place. I also noticed Mehretu using the intaglio technique in the upper portions of her art. There are several shapes in her artwork that can be identified looking at the piece once such as the diamond, the circle and rectangle. A viewer might notice the layer that Mehretu uses in her art which might cause some disturbance to the eye, because it did to me; if you look at it too long. The artist used mixed media when she uses the new generation technology of computer design to achieve some of the depth along with paint on canvas. The form of this work gives the viewer a 3-dimensional feel primarily due to the way she textured the layers of work. You might just describe the art almost “in the air”. The support that the 2-demensional shapes give off to the rest of the work makes the 3-demensional shapes represent the piece in a more uncompromising manner. The bottom of her canvas seemingly shows achromatic design because you only see a few strokes and lines with a couple drops of color here and there. The intensity...
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