Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu at work

Entropia: Construction

Three drawings created for Entropia (review) are merged with a fourth new drawing by Julie Mehretu to create Entropia: Construction. Printed lithographically on four sheets of Gampi paper. Each sheet is layered and attached with wheat starch on to a Somerset backing sheet, a process known as chine collé. The use of the tissue thin Gampi allows the drawings to be simultaneously married to, and supported by the natural paper surface, resulting in a diaphanous surface that supports the dynamic drawings.

Mehretu was born in Ethiopia and raised in the United States. She is an MFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has studied at the Core Artists in Residence Program in Houston, Texas. She was a 2002–2003 artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, where she worked with East African high schoolers on a multimedia project, and had a summer 2003 exhibition of nine commissioned paintings in Gallery 7. Mehretu’s work was also part of the 2001 Walker exhibit Painting at the Edge of the World. More recently, her paintings and drawings been shown in London, Korea, and Lithuania, and have been included in several exhibitions in her current hometown of New York City (including Drawing Now: Eight Propositions at the Museum on Modern Art in Queens, (2002).