India Series

The work in this show reflects on my time in Jaipur, Agra, and New Delhi, India. These cities are beautiful places, full of incredible art, history, food, and music. Simultaneously, they force us, as comfortable Americans, to confront the negative aspects of society that we often push to the boundaries of our own cities and do our best to ignore completely during our vacations: poverty, overcrowding, and unsanitary conditions. But the beauty and elegance of these cities, as their centuries-old architecture blends with modern life and technology, is striking. The streets are filled with cars, bikes, cattle, motorcycles, trucks, dogs, pedestrians, goats, and elephants all moving together in a synchronized dance, communicated through car horns, hand signals, and shouts. To an outsider, it’s loud, pungent chaos, but it’s daily life and a fluent second-language of movement to the cities’ residents. As I walked the streets in each city, looking up, power lines seemed to come from every direction, floating whenever and wherever they pleased as residents plugged into the technology that we keep neatly contained here at home.

In my work as a whole, I always return to the juxtaposition of the manmade and the natural as well as the spaces between in our daily lives. To travel and reflect on that experience adds another layer to my reflections as an artist. When we travel, we often remain tourists. We are separate from the place and the people we are visiting. While we interact with locals, exchange pleasantries, eat food, and make purchases, we are living a life that is adjacent to the daily routine of the place. Yet, for a brief moment, I was part of the life of these cities and their lives—each filled with their own personal struggles, successes, hopes, and disappointments—were a part of my own.

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Jaipur Sky 2017
Versions 1-3
Woodcut Print on Paper
12"x24"
Editions of 5

Walking Through Chandni Chowk 2017
Versions 1-3
Woodcut Print on Paper
12"x24"
Editions of 5

 
 

Quiet Street In Jaipur 2017
Versions 1-4
Woodcut Print on Paper
12"x24"
Editions of 5 and 3

 
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Walking Through Chandni Chowk 2017
Off Registered
Woodcut Print on Paper
13"x24"
Artist Proof