Rachel Steinberg on June 25th, 2022
"Shiferaw’s new series “Mata Semay” (Amharic for “night skies”) was recently featured at Frieze London. One of these luminous paintings, Adinkrahine (2021), is a further interrogation into the artist’s use of black and blue, yet now incorporating a more circular, mediative mark with a central opening. “The object itself becomes a mark,” Shiferaw said. This body of work is ongoing, similar to the persistent explorations in his sketchbooks, and necessarily so. The work depicts a boundless expanse of sky, imagining and inviting the ongoing contributions of Black artists and visualizing a canonical shift for Black artists in the present day."
The Artsy Vanguard: Tariku Shiferaw written by Erica Cardwell
sketch to installation
at the World Trade