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Early Works
Tombstone

In early paintings such as these, Mehretu explored how to represent the cumulative effect of time by layering materials: she embedded her character map drawings between strata of poured paint, creating fossilized topographies. While Untitled (two) and Map Paint (white) consist of these drawings of flattened landscapes, in Untitled (yellow with ellipses), Mehretu introduces transparency, color, graphic elements, and multiple perspectives.

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