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Plow, 2009, enamel and chalk on paper, 96″ x 52″

Seeing it live.  There’s nothing like it.  The latest reminder came from seeing a painting by Mequitta Ahuja in person at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, KS last month.  It was only after I got home and did some research that I realized the artist who made this painting—this painting that was more than holding it’s own in a room with works by Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu and Donald Odili Odita—was actually someone who’s work I had seen before, in the magazines and online.  Seen before, but never getting a feel for the presence or a sense of the energy the work contains.  This reminder about the physical person-to-object-to-person nature of painting is fitting that the physical act of painting seems a major concern for Ahuja herself, who in the interview that follows refers to a component of her method as “body-sensing”Read on to learn more. (more…)

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