Senga Nengudi, born 1943 in Chicago is an African-American visual artist best known for her abstract sculptures that combine found objects and choreographed performance. She earned her BA from California State University in 1968, and spent a year studying at Waseda University, in Tokyo. In 1971 she received her MA in sculpture from California State University. Nengudi came of age as an artist in Los Angeles in the late 1970s as part of an extraordinary collective of African-American artists distinguished by their unique experimentation with materials and ways of working. Nengudi's own work since this time has been typified by a hybrid blend of sculpture, performance, and video, that melds the body in movement and ritual with the use of common, everyday materials, including plastic sheeting, nylon mesh, bubble wrap, masking tape, and sand. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.