Art Talk: Lucina Ward on Wangechi Mutu’s The seated IV
Published 27 October 2023
The seated IV is a larger-than-life-sized female figure—one of four female figures produced for The NewOnes, will free Us, a project at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—and subsequently cast in a small edition. Historically, caryatids function as supports in Classical buildings. With this sculpture, Mutu considers what might happen if these female figures were released from their burdens.