"Palimpsest (old gods)," detail (2006)

"Palimpsest (old gods)," detail, 2006
Ink and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches
Collection of Mehretu-Rankin
Photo by Erma Estwick
© Julie Mehretu
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

"Most amazing to me is when something happens in the work that, without an expectation or desire in the impulse of making it, completely illuminates a situation. What I’m most interested in is how I push the work, allow it to have conceptual meaning, and allow it to be free enough that it reveals itself to me."

-Julie Mehretu