with an essay by Amanda Renshaw The first monograph on the British contemporary artist
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Somaya Critchlow’s canvases and sketchbooks log anongoing process of worldbuilding. The artist fashionsthese realms by drawing upon her expansive knowledge ofpicture-making traditions ranging from the Renaissance tothe Rococo, while populating them exclusively with subjectswho scarcely ever feature within the Western canon.In charting the ever-expanding dimensions of this femaledominated universe, Critchlow casually disarms the distinctionsthat inform concepts of high and low culture byuncovering the ways in which class and racial differenceare routinely conflated. The voluptuous, self-possessed women who explore Critchlow’sfantasy landscapes and pensively occupy domestic interiors or otherwise blank pagesowe as much to the aesthetics of Love and Hip Hop as they do to Peter Paul Rubens.Somaya’s work in two museum collections, the RISDI and the Hammer Museum. Amanda Renshaw works with some of the most influential artists of recent times tocreate imaginative books.