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Artist: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nigerian and American, born 1983, M.F.A. 2011

The Rest of Her Remains


Charcoal, acrylic, ink, collage, and Xerox transfers on paper

207.33 × 279.88 cm (81 5/8 × 110 3/16 in.)
framed: 218.92 × 291.94 × 9.37 cm (86 3/16 × 114 15/16 × 3 11/16 in.)
Purchased with a gift from the Arthur and Constance Zeckendorf Foundation
Njideka Akunyili often creates large-scale paintings of intimate, everyday scenes. The surfaces of her works are richly-textured with images drawn from both personal and published sources. Akunyili emigrated from Nigeria in 1999, an experience that informs works such as The Rest of Her Remains. The self-portrait shows Akunyili alone on her bed surrounded by images that reference her personal past and her heritage. The work’s title alludes to the disconnect between the artist’s life in the United States and her childhood in Nigeria, while Akunyili’s muted palette conveys her own introspection.
Made in United States
or made in Nigeria
Not on view
Nigerian and American
21st century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

Yale University Art Gallery Yale Art Gallery Bulletin (2016): 111, ill.

Frauke V. Josenhans, “Painting with Fragments: Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s The Rest of Her Remains,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2016): 110, fig. 1.

Frauke V. Josenhans, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2016 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), ill.

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