Indigo Thumbprint

Last October, I met with a professor at University of Wisconsin in Madison. We discussed my work and what he said changed my entire artistic practice. He said my work was substantial, but I needed to dig deeper to find more meaning. He mentioned I was so close to being there and that would take my work to the next level.

I tried to do just that from there on out. I created the series Mishap of Collision and was thinking about the meaning throughout making each monotype. This in return changed how the layers of ink interacted with each other on the paper. I was teaching pre school at the time and had a really tough Friday afternoon one day. Remembering that feeling and sentiment, one of my prints the next day had a deep dark black layer on top. Before the fall I might have just said that was chance and not planning out my work. During that series, my process changed and that black layer was intentional. One could see (and I think feel) what my Friday afternoon was like with those three year olds. I continued to remember those fleeting moments from that job and poured them into those prints (instead of my students).

After that series, I was given the chance to completely slow down my entire process because I had unlimited time in India to create. I adopted a practice of starting some prints with thumbnails in mind, but also staying true to my spontaneous methods. After a few were underway, I took a step back and really thought about the direction they were going in. The way Inside the Road came together is how I want to continue my practice. I found a theme that emerged which was the road and then really thought about what that could mean and how I was going to interpret it. I think it helped my audience in India understand the abstract work a little bit better and also took the prints/paintings to a new level.

Now back in America creating a new body of paintings has come underway for a show at Christopher Martins. I kept my same process of using a brayer with Golden High Flow Acrylics on primed canvas, which will then be stretched. I knew I liked the indigo accent I was using from my series in India, but I hadn’t bought a new bottle of paint yet. So, instead of pouring a heavy line in motion and letting it drip, I brought back the oval shapes that are so prominent in my monotypes. I carried this through in each of the paintings and Indigo Thumbprint was unveiled.  Finding a theme this way has been exciting, but also challenging in some ways and has improved my practice.

Indigo Thumbprint is being installed on June 26th at Christopher Martins with a public reception on August 6th. The show will be up through September so plenty of time to see it!

The Two Ends of Audubon St

It seems as though I am all over Audubon St, and I assure you it is not on purpose! I got in touch with Taylor at Koffee sometime last year when I saw an ad online that they were looking artists to show. Mono is Many came together recently and its such a funny coincidence that they are over lapping.

The opening for Mono Is Many took place last Thursday, and I am proud to say it was a pretty good turn out! I felt like I was being pulled from person to person but isn’t that what usually happens at openings? That was the first time I actually got to see the show and it came together really beautifully. Debbie and Jennifer really did an amazing job curating. I especially enjoyed the placement of my little installation with the textiles. Another exciting moment was when Allen from the New Haven Independent interviewed me. He spent quite some time speaking with me. He asked me many thoughtful and fun questions and I didn’t know who he was until way after were done speaking. A few days later, an article came out in the New Haven Independent featuring our show.

Here is a link to read the article: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/mono_is_many/

Following the opening, some folks headed over to Koffee to check out my show there. I wasn’t sure what to expect with comments on the paintings because it was my first time showing them around here. Luckily, I got a lot positive feedback and it has been good encouragement to continue painting. The space was well suited for my work and I think “In Thirds” came together pretty well.  

If you missed the opening for Mono is Many, the show will be up through June 17th. As for the show at Koffee, the closing reception will be June 25th at 5pm. There is still time to see both shows!

In Thirds at Koffee

Showing my work at alternative low-key spaces has always been something that I enjoy. Coffee shops, restaurants and of course the armory are just to name a few. Good amounts of people come through those spaces and its good exposure. It takes the pressure off in a way because it isn’t a pristine gallery. Although, I know my next steps are showing at galleries. I wrote about “In Thirds” while I was in India a few blog posts ago. The paintings have come to life and there are all at Koffee on Audubon St in New Haven. I will be having a closing reception on June 25th at 5:00pm and I would love to see you all there!

Mono is Many

Before India, I wanted to expand where I was showing my work. I didn’t want to be one of those people who was stuck showing where they live (and grew up). So I met with Debbie Hesse from the New Haven Arts council. That meeting led way to many opportunities and ideas for me. Over the span of one month, I went from never showing outside of CT to showing in three countries at once. Debbie asked me if I would like to curate a printmaking show for the gallery inside of New Haven Arts Council. I went for a second meeting with a friend of mine Jennifer. Before this meeting, I was already set to go to India and Europe. We decided Jennifer would curate and I would show while helping anyway I could remotely. Jennifer and Debbie curated a monotype show and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together after I get back from vacation. Mono is Many will be up May 5th- June 17th, 2016. The opening reception is June 2nd from 5pm- 7pm. I have posted the announcement below and hope to see you there!!!

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Inside the Road

 

During my one month at Chhaap, I was given the chance to just focus on making art. I could make as little or as much as I desired. Having unlimited time to create made my ideas flow organically and in return kept me continuously inspired. I created a body of work that I can say I am truly proud of.

This was the first time I was my own critic. Back in America I usually work in a group setting or always have someone who is giving me honest feedback. In India, I had to be my own critical eye. I got most of my prints to a place of being finished. My work unveiled a new cohesive theme and everything came together with little difficulty.

After the second week, a road emerged and I had the rest of my work go in that direction. Inside the road refers to the fortunate events that lead me back to India. It talks about the actual roads I witness in India. All of the organized chaos I get to experience when I step out in a rickshaw, motorcycle, car or by foot. My first inspiration lies within my upbringing as an American Indian. It has been fascinating to see how my work has evolved since physically being in India.

The prep for my show was pretty easy. That’s the beauty of India, I felt like my life was just a little bit easier. There are people to deliver the frames to the gallery. There was a team of three people to install the show. And the gallery coordinator was very easy to work with and never showed any signs of stress. We had a senior artist from Ahmadabad inaugurate the show, Amit Ambalal. He walked through the entire gallery and asked questions about each piece of work and gave me thoughtful praise. He asked me if I listened to music while printing because there is a lyrical movement to how the prints work. I enjoyed all he had to say and explaining how I arrived at the final product.

The opening was filled with people and I was bouncing from group to group explaining the inks, process, and imagery. A lot of media coverage came to the opening as well. I think my count so far is about 6 articles in various news sources. I even got interviewed to be on TV! I gave a full interview in Gujaratii. I was definitely proud of my self for that one. I continued to gallery sit over the next few days and a good crowd came each day.

Back in America, I was chosen to be the contributing artist for the April edition of The Perpetual You. They are doing a challenge for the month of April and today is to create a doodle. Feel free to participate by tagging The Perpetual You in your post (#thirtydaysofpurpose or #theperpetualyou)