Agnes Waruguru Njoroge (b. 1994 Nairobi, Kenya) currently lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her practice is primarily an investigation of materials, Waruguru is interested in everyday materials, especially those associated with the home. She also explores the materiality of things in space.Many of her works reference women’s practices, traditional cultural identifiers. Waruguru’s explorations are intimately rooted in personal identity politics, she repeatedly integrates family heirlooms with items she believes speak about cultural identity. Her works range from painting, drawing, printmaking, needlework and installation.
Waruguru is particularly interested in building layers, whether it be physically through collages (fabric and paper) or metaphorically through the history of the materials she chooses to work with. She thinks of her wall hangings as large scale collages, as they are often made with multiple layers of fabrics, papers and other materials, they are also layered through the origin of the materials. In the series of works “Khanga Nzito” she uses the leso and glass beads to clearly reference Kenya putting that together with sheer curtains and cotton fabrics which could be from myriad countries. Some works such as “Valencia (CA,14)” reference the time in which an old personal item was used for its intended purpose which Waruguru then uses as a substrate. Although her works are mostly abstract they are often a mix of memory and place. Her crotchet practice seen in pieces such as “Table Piece (composition I)” records her time in transit, she crotchets during long journeys on planes, trains and buses a physical representation of in-betweenness. Waruguru adopts and transforms workaday elements and processes. She relies precisely on the familiarity of these acts of making to denote the passing of time, and to emphasize the material labour that goes into the conjuring of these objects.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States of America, France and Kenya. It has also been mentioned in publications such as the District and Mastercard Foundations, Hope, Energy, and Ingenuity. Waruguru has been in residency in Sydney (Artspace) and will take part in Saba Artists in Residency program this coming August 2019.
2014- 2017 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting. Cum Laude
2016 Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, France Study Abroad
2013-2014California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA Fine Arts
2010- 2012 UWCSA Waterford Kamhlaba, Swaziland International Baccalaureate Diploma
Group Exhibitions 20191.3 Kitisuru Rd | Nairobi, Kenya, Open Studio 2018Circle Art Gallery | Nairobi, Kenya, New Threads Village Market with GoDown Art center | Nairobi, Kenya, Manjano Workstyle Africa |Nairobi, Kenya, On Colour One Off Gallery | Nairobi, Kenya, Line Cave Bureau | Nairobi, Kenya, If Not Now
2017Welmont Gallery | Savannah, GA, A Place That is Not Yours Alexander Hall Gallery | Savannah, GA, B.F.A. Senior Painting exhibition Non- Fiction Gallery | Savannah, GA, Alexander Collective Salon Alexander Hall Gallery | Savannah, GA, SCAD DeFine Art Student Showcase
2016Lacoste, France, Lacoste Open Studio
20151.3 Gallery | Nairobi, Kenya, Process // Progress Shifteye Gallery | Nairobi, Kenya, Paper Main Gallery | Stevenson Ranch, CA, Udon of Tina
Present Personal Art Tutor, Nairobi, Kenya Teaching classes to children between the ages of 7-12 three times a week for 3 hours at each session. We examine different formal elements and techniques. 2016-2017 African Students Association, Savannah, GA Historian 2016Oxygene MCL, Nairobi, Kenya Mural Painter and Designer 2014 - 2015Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya Intern | Art handling, exhibition hanging, social media, graphic design and photo documenting 2013 Cranium Ink, Nairobi, Kenya Intern | Assistant photographer and graphic designer.
Publications Hope, Energy, and Ingenuity Published by Mastercard Foundation SCAD Lacoste Painting Blog Editor and co-founder
Awards 2017Graduated Cum Laude, Savannah College of Art and Design Best In Show 2017 Alexander Hall Award 2016-2017Studio Award Recipient, Savannah College of Art and Design 2014-2017Exceptional Portfolio Honors Scholarship Dean’s List, Academic Honors, Artistic Honors Scholarships Savannah College of Art and Design
2018 Artspace, Sydney, Australia 6 week artists in residency program learning about the local art scene and producing works in response to Sydney Anidan, Lamu, Kenya, 2 weeks teaching a mobile making workshop with the children at Anidan 2019 Saba Artists Residency, Lamu, Kenya