might be good..., 2009
A new body of work by Houston resident Mequitta Ahuja is currently on view at the New York City gallery BravinLee. The exhibition, titled Automythography I, refers to Ahuja’s ongoing exploration into the “auto-mythic,” a term coined by author Audre Lorde to describe a combination of history, myth and personal narrative. The artist absorbs this notion in depictions of Black hair that, according to her blog, physically and conceptually convey “the psychic proportions hair has in the lives of Black people.” In Ahuja’s hands, long boundless locks suspended from inverted heads become abstract, and sometimes colorful, forms. Drawn shapes and surface textures are likened to hair texture. Entangled tresses morph into exquisite illustrations of cultural experience and exorcism. Below, the artist expounds the concepts behind her first installation in the Automythograpy series.