From her time as a student of painting and as a practicing artist, Agnes Waruguru has treated painting as a site and a process for exploring the material of objects and their capacity to act as markers of identity and carriers of personal histories. This has led her to avoid the more typical approach to painting on primed, stretched canvas. She works predominantly on cotton, using dyeing, pouring, and spraying, alongside brushwork as her means of applying paint. More notable is the incorporation of acts of making that she has learned and inherited from the women in her life. Beadwork, sewing, needlework, embroidery, and knitting are all included in her work, placing her personal identity in her practice and connecting it to traditions of women’s work.
Waruguru received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017. She returned to Nairobi where she is currently based, and has since participated in group exhibitions at Circle Art Gallery and at One Off Contemporary. In 2020, Waruguru participated in the inaugural edition of the Stellenbosch Triennale, in South Africa; her work was included in On the Cusp, a section dedicated to “unraveling the creative talents of tomorrow. She has exhibited in Kenya, South Africa, the USA, and France. She has participated in residencies in Lamu, Kenya, and Sydney, Australia. In 2020 she had her first solo exhibition, Small Things to Consider, at Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi . Waruguru is currently in based Amsterdam in the first year of her fellowship at Rijksakademie.