“I’ll Bring You Flowers”
Lakwena Maciver (b.1986) is an artist of British and Ugandan heritage born and based in London. Her work, primarily text-based, employs a combination of words, patterns, and acid-bright colors to create painted prayers and meditations which respond to and re-appropriate elements of popular culture and mass communication.
Lakwena’s most recent body of work focuses on the interplay between her practices as both artist and mother of two young sons. Creativity as a space of protection and healing takes on a wider meaning in her current reality, reshaping previous ideas around color, space, texture, language and sound. Lakwena’s ability to distill an idea and encapsulate it in a single phrase is one of the reasons her work is so memorable, empowering us with words and patterns, encouraging us to be brave and stand tall.
Lakwena has created works in the public realm internationally, from installations at Tate Britain, Somerset House, Facebook, and the Southbank Centre in London, to a juvenile detention center in northwest Arkansas, a monastery in Vienna, and the Bowery Wall in New York City.