The Brooklyn Museum Curator of Photography selects works by Farah Al Qasimi, Maia Ruth Lee, David Goldblatt, Carlos Villa and Jack Whitten
MAIA RUTH LEE
B.B.M Cobalt Umbra 1-43, 2023
Ink on canvas
59.02" x 59.02" x 0.98" (149.9 cm x 149.9 cm x 2.5 cm)
Presented by Tina Kim Gallery
Maia Ruth Lee has become known for her “Bondage Baggage” sculpture series, based on the luggage of mostly migrant workers which she observed while growing up or visiting her parents in Nepal. I love how this painting expands upon her explorations of symbols of migration, labor, and displacement but through process. Wrapping canvas with the same ropes that she uses in the sculptures and dipping them in paint before freeing the bundle, the painting contains an index of both its bondage and its liberation.