Next up for #PrideMonth is #JulieMehretu’s “Diffraction” (2005)!
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970, Mehretu and her family immigrated to the United States in 1977 to escape the political chaos in their native country. Mehretu’s abstractions incorporate distinct, map-like markings that revolve around themes of the built environment, colonialism, migration, identity, and social activism, particularly in connection to her own experiences as an immigrant and a lesbian.
“Diffraction" is part of a series of three prints Mehretu made at Crown Point Press in San Francisco in 2005. The other two works are titled “Local Calm” and “Circulation,” and together they seem to represent weather patterns of clouds, wind currents, or rays of light, while speaking abstractly to time’s passage and movement across an imaginary space.
Image: Julie Mehretu, Diffraction, 2005, color sugar lift aquatint with aquatint, spit bit aquatint, and hard ground etching on Gampi paper chine colle, edition 31/35, Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr.