American, born in 1943
Senga Nengudi's assemblages of found materials repeatedly include nylon stockings, a material she believes is a perfect reflection of the human body's flexibility. She sometimes fills them with sand to create sensual, semi-abstract forms or stretches them out in space, drawing spider webs or sexes, between strength and vulnerability.
Sculpture and dance are closely linked in the American artist's work. Her creations are activated in performance with improvised ritual dances bringing together African, Japanese, Afro-American and Aboriginal influences. She explores many issues, from race to slavery, gender, the female body, confinement and servitude.
Nengudi's work is being presented by the Pinault Collection for the first time at the exhibition “Untitled, 2020” at the Punta della Dogana, Venice (2020).