Julie Mehretu Paints to Make Sense of a Violent, Chaotic World
But Mehretu's range of references is broad. She asks me if I'd read Jesmyn Ward's 2017 novel Sing, Unburied Sing. Like Ward, Mehretu generates apparitions tied to histories of oppression, destruction, and race. The novel in question features ghosts in the American South who are unable to comfortably move onto the next world.