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"In Your Dreams" An Exhibition by Northern Kentucky University Print Club 2013

NKU Art Opening Announcement

The NKU Print Club celebrates 25 years with "In Your Dreams," continuing through March 8 at the Northern Kentucky University Main Gallery.

Comprised of alumni, former and current students, area printmakers and NKU faculty, the club's 27 members all show multiple works on the theme suggested by NKU alumni, Kathleen Piercefield.

Some of the Print Club's diverse membership:

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Children’s Hospital Cancer & Blood Disease Institute project. Cincinnati OH

Children’s Hospital Cancer & Blood Disease Institute project.  Cincinnati OH

CCHMC invited four artists to create 12 works of art each for their new lobby, corridor and exam rooms. In Some of these works, patients and family collaborated in creating art which was then incorporated in these works of art. This project was so fulfilling  I am so honored have art display permanently at the Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disease Institute. My art is about creating Sacred Spaces. I was taught this by my grandmother and my mother through sacred rituals that was passed down from mother to daughter for over thousands of years. For the most part I have in my art and in my life focused on creating sacred spaces. Why Mandalas for this project? Mandalas have been an anchor for me at times of darkness pain and confusion. The drawing of mandalas is spontaneous and untaught. When we create mandalas we are telling our own journey and experiences. Just like a prayer, drawing mandalas guides, directs, protects us. When we create a mandala, we make a personal symbol that reveals who we are at that moment, create our own sacred space, a place of protection and focus on healing. Through these works I am praying that all people be cured of cancer.

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The Art of Story Telling

The Art of Story Telling Art Exhibit

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Chirst Church Cathedral Summer Camp 2012

Tiger Lilly Press, Sacred Journal Workshop

CCC SPIRITUAL ART CAMP, 30 July-3 August 2012

Christ Church Cathedral
318 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-4299


This was the vision of Michael Thompson,teaching artists Radha,Cindy and lots of help from Jane Thompson, Beth Mendez and a generous grant from Christ Church Cathedral. We could not have done this with out Christ Church Cincinnati, Volunteers and with an enrollment at 40 children ages from 7 year to 11 years, CCC Spiritual Art Camp week is more than 15 times bigger ...40 children, not 13, and as it turns out, 5 times as many contact hours as it runs from 9:00 AM -3:00 PM.
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Tiger Lilly Sacred Journal Workshop

Tiger Lilly Press, Sacred Journal Workshop

Sacred Journal Book Arts Workshop
"Synchronicity in Art and Spirit"
by
Radha Lakshmi
Saturday, May 12, 2012
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tiger Lily Press
4356 Dunham Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio  45238



I am a creator of intimate maps, just like you, like water, like wind, like land. We are all creators of boundless paths. ~ Orly Avineri
A simple painted, printed journal is transformed into a unique artist’s book. We let Synchronicity take over. We began the workshop with ephemeral art drawing Kolam’s at the threshold. The we created and meditated on single Mandala’s on paper.  We began on a large sheet of paper, with calculated placement of circular openings, and then painted, collage, transfer, and embellish with elements we provide, or additions you select. The first step of the creative process is to ‘commit’ content to the surface, and then the remaining answers begin to reveal themselves. Symbols, circles, repetitive patterns play an integral role in our interactive art book. We focused on all celestial beings, particularly symbols from different and our own spirituality. These subjects unlock portals where one can explore dramatic shifts from light to dark, the subtle nuances between positive and negative, and the navigation of scale and repetition. Therefore, a compelling part of our journey is the teaching of art making and visual journaling. With many colorful Tibetan, Japanese and other papers to choose from, you will create an exquisite, one-of a-kind book that will also serve to help you remember your spiritual journey.

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Transfigurative Spiritual Retreat

Transfiguration Spiritual Retreat

A fantastic retreat at Transfiguration Spiritual Center, Cincinnati OH. Participants arrived Friday evening around 3 pm. There was this storm that broke out and made everything look green.  We started with Power point meditation about my work and we talked after dinner. We met the next day at 8.30 with meditation and started drawing mandalas on black paper with a white pencil. Then we worked on large sheet of paper. We drew, painted, colored, printed our Sacred Journey. This sheet of paper was transformed into a unique artist’s book. We let Synchronicity take over. We also created ephemeral art drawing Kolam’s at the threshold. The we created and meditated on single Mandala’s on paper. 

We began on a large sheet of paper, with calculated placement of circular openings, and then painted, collage, transfer, and embellish with elements we provide, or additions you select. The first step of the creative process is to ‘commit’ content to the surface, and then the remaining answers begin to reveal themselves. Symbols, circles, repetitive patterns play an integral role in our interactive art book. We focused on all celestial beings, particularly symbols from different and our own spirituality. These subjects unlock portals where one can explore dramatic shifts from light to dark, the subtle nuances between positive and negative, and the navigation of scale and repetition.  With many colorful Tibetan, Japanese and other papers to choose from, we all created  an exquisite, one-of a-kind book. On Sunday morning after breakfast we meditated and then talked about our Sacred Journals. It was intense, therapeutic and magical. We felt this close bond that I know will be there for ever. Namaste!

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Printmaking Workshop at NKU

'Narrative Art Workshop” through mixed Media printmaking techniques

I taught a 'Narrative Art Workshop” through mixed Media printmaking techniques and the Venue was Northern Kentucky University at the Printmaking Department. Telling a story through printmaking has a very popular means of expression.  I asked the artists to use text, photography, and images to make a print very painterly. Using mixed media and image transfers, I wanted them to tell their  unique story. Artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and many other contemporary artists use mixed-media to create expressive, unique and dramatic paintings which explore themes that are important to them either politically, socially, morally, or emotionally. Using nontraditional printmaking techniques the workshop explored a wide range of transfer and surface techniques. They combined and integrated the different mixed media to pull together a finished piece. Workshop was experimental with techniques such as gum prints, Xerox transfers and a variety of mixed- media applications within the parameters of printmaking.  Art work can make a social statement or personal or strive to communicate important messages to society at large.

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Workshop at the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati OH

Cincinnati Comtemporary Arts Museum Workshop_2011

20th of June 2011 I gave a 'One Night One Craft' for grownups at CAC.The workshop was on teaching how to make a Kalam or pen that is used in Kalamkari Craft Tradition. Kalamkari is the ancient art of decorating cloth with the aid of a kalam or pen.  A term mainly used to describe cotton fabrics patterned through the medium of vegetable dyes by free hand painting and block-printing, this category of fabric now covers a wide range of textiles produced in many regions of India. The Kalamkari tradition is more than three thousand years old.  The earliest fabric samples of this craft found in the Mohenjo-daro excavations date back to 3000 B.C. The Kalam is made out of bamboo and cloth and thread. I had 60 people who participated in the workshop  for two hours and it was so much fun. Very creative people at the workshop of all ages.


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Limited editions prints from the Clay Street Press.

Limited editions prints in the making from the Clay Street Press

Limited editions prints from the Clay Street Press. * unique printed generated in limited editions of 8. Each print is rich in color and symbolism.

This is an exciting opportunity to purchase limited editions prints from the Clay Street Press. This work is completed in collaboration with Radha and Master Printmaker Mark Patsfall. The work consist of 6 uniquely created limited edition prints of 8. The work is to be featured in the up coming Clay Street Gallery. You can purchase any of the items below my adding it to you cart. All work will arrive in a mailing tube via 2 day express mail.

 

 

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Children’s Hospital Art Project: ‘Uniquiely Me’ 2009

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Artwork

I collaborated with Kolar Designs as a lead artist to create art work with children that was going to be part of a the permanent collection at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Cincinnati Children’s building is a Medical Office Building to house clinics with frequent repeat visitors. Most of these repeat visitors have disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, hearing and/or speech impairment/loss and other physical disabilities requiring occupational and physical therapy. The patients range in age from 0 to adult, ability/disability and in tolerance to visual stimulation.  The goal of visuals within this building is to build self-esteem through positive reinforcement with a theme of “Uniquely Me”. To create the two large works of art I had workshops with children at the Krohn Conservatory and at the Cincinnati Children Museum Center. Here are the two works of Art. The Butterfly Kolam and The Tree of Life. I had immense honor to be part of this amazing project and team.

 

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Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design (abbreviated RISD) is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1877. Located at the base of College Hill, the RISD campus is contiguous with the Brown University campus. The two institutions share social, academic, and community resources and offer joint courses. Applicants are required to complete RISD's infamous three-drawing "hometest", one of which involves the trademark RISD bicycle drawing. The school consistently ranks as the number one fine arts college in the United States.

It includes about 350 faculty and curators, and 400 staff members. About 1,880 undergraduates and 370 graduate students enroll from all over the United States and 50 other countries. It offers 16 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate majors. RISD is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States. It also maintains over 80,000 works of art in the RISD Museum.  In the fall of 2008 I traveld to RISDI to conduct a Kolam Workshop for the design students.

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Clay Street Press

Clay Street Press

I have been preparing a new body of work in collaboration with Master Printer Mark Patsfall and his team at the Clay Street Press. This will be featured during a show in late August. Clay Street Press was founded in 1981 and in 1986 moved to the historic "Over the Rhine" district in Cincinnati.

 

 

 

 

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Metamorphosis - Change and Continuity In Indian Contemporary Art

Metamorphosis - Change and Continuity In Indian Contemporary Art Catalog

Art Exhibit Curated by Radha and Meena Vari at several galleries in Cincinnati OH, USA. Metamorphosis – Change and Continuity brings together established and upcoming artists from different parts of India who have an experimental spirit and freshness of vision. The exhibition reflects the impact of change in the cultural landscape, due to the rapidly changing social, economical and technological scenarios. It highlights the relationships between form and time, fusion and unraveling, and the constant negotiations across a broad range of cultures and time spans. On the one hand, they are the representations of the local, trans-local, cultural, and historical, on the other they release it from the local by connecting it to universal cultural practices, while remaining rooted.

The works are concerns and reflections of long-term continuities and discontinuities in the social structures, transformed urban landscapes, personal histories, and cultural traditions at the same time competing with forces of war, globalization and changing human values and practices. Tendencies like migration and urbanization have a significant impact on all aspects of society, like social structure, environment, institutions and culture. The conception and execution of the works is an account of universalism and cultural hybridization. It sites the tensions that exist between change and continuity with regard to the legacy of the modern movement, to the ideas of Zeitgeist - its ideas and its practices, and progress through technology and other means.

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Narratives in Indian Textiles

I attended the conference Siyahi’s Mantles of Myth : Narratives in Indian Textiles, 13 to 15 December 2008, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Read more: Narratives in Indian Textiles

Center For Creative Leadership

Center For Creative Leadership

I took part with eleven teachers, trainers, and coaches from the US, India, and Caribbean who attended the training to learn a new two-day program titled Leadership Essentials and absorb the CCL way of facilitating leadership development.

Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) provides curriculum, tools, and facilitator training for individuals and organizations offering leadership development for underserved populations around the globe. Their work is supported by more than 500 faculty members and staff.  More details at www.ccl.org.  The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, educational institution, CCL helps clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership - the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries - through an array of programs, products and other services. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education by Business Week and the Financial Times, CCL is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., with campuses in Colorado Springs, Colo.; San Diego, Calif.; Brussels, Belgium; and Singapore.

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Mudras Series 1 Layers

Bark Painting, Fusion Art with Aboriginal Themes

Much of my printed work is made of many layers.   This complexity if difficult to appreciate as a viewer without long periods of observation.  This Mudras Series 1 Mono Print has been imaged by a high quality scanner and is shown here with an online zoomer.

The language of the hands is probably the oldest in the world, its traditions reaching further back than those of the spoken word.   The idea of using hands is very universal and a tool to communicate ones emotions.  This work of mine is called Mudras or hand gestures.   The idea of using hands is very universal and a tool to communicate ones emotions.  Here I am trying to draw parallels in the developments and use of such hand gestures in Hindu rituals and in another ancient expression used in the Indian classical dance called Bharatanatyam.  Monoprint on paper; 30 x 29 inches.

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Morphogenetic Field Close Up

Bark Painting, Fusion Art with Aboriginal Themes

Another example of my multiple printed layers from a monoprint and serigraphy.   This complexity is difficult to appreciate on the web with low resolutions.   This artwork has been imaged by a high quality scanner and is shown here with an online "Zoomer". A Morphogenetic field, is simply a field, which through constant repetition has become relatively stable.  The constant repetition in this print, deal with my past -- thought forms, habit-patterns, conditioning, and past memories of my childhood in India.  Over time, this has yielded to stability, in my own self, in my art, and in my relationship with my mother.   This print is layered with memories of my childhood days and the house I grew up in India.  My mother and my grandmother and my sister have had a tremendous influence in the cultural memory inherent in me.  Hence lot of my prints has sides, creativity and stability, the creative present and the relative fixed past.  If you look closely you will see embedded photographs right in the composition.   Monoprint and Serigraphy; 27 x 42 inches, 1998

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an instance of this

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Collaborative installation and performance with Radha Chandrashekaran and Jen Rae, 2006.  Also created a collection of monotype prints while doing a residency. The Other Gallery, The Banff Centre Fall 2006.





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Paper Making Workshop at Vishtar

Going to Visthar was quiet an experience for four long days.

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Fear and Gender in Public Space

Fear and Gender in Public Space Is an ongoing international research, education and curatorial project since 2003 by Veronica Wiman. A series of academic courses/workshops, exhibitions and interventions on the concept of Fear, Gender and Public Space in Los Angeles, Helsinki, Banff, Cali (Colombia), Johannesburg, Bangalore, The project investigates theoretical and practical aspects of the interdisciplinary, bringing practitioners from various fields together such as art, architecture, craft and design. With diverse artistic practice, the project with productions and workshops aims for an encounter in dialogue and practice among the participants, artists and local communities.

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Announcements Early Fall 2007

I am fortunate to have been invited to participate in a few outstanding artistic projects here in India and in UK.  First is a book publication.

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Study Tour to Honnavar

Study Trip to Honnavar India

Study Tour to Honnavar in Uttar Karnataka.  Voicing Cultural Memories was an environmental, cultural, and design-based lab in which the students explored the role of the indigenous knowledge systems and examined the place of folklore and alternative medicinal traditions in our society.

The field visits to exhibitions, museums, and a study tour to the Honnavar in Uttar Karnataka provided the impetus for learning and working with a strong sense of commitment, moral and ethical responsibility of a researcher and strong sensitivity towards members of the concerned communities.  This experiential learning helped the students understand people and their environment’ and how these indigenous communities create and pass on their shared sense of beauty, identity and values.  We are grateful to the contribution, effort, and time provided by Naik family from Folklore India who have been researching the tribal belt in Honnavar for the last 30 years.

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Jundt Art Exhibit

ImageThis is an exhibit of work I curated to provide an opportunity for Western culture to meet the print makers of Aboriginal Culture.  The exhibit was titled: Aboriginal Prints: Yolngu Fertility.  (See announcement )

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Mylapore Kolam Festival 2006

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What began as a Kolam contest some 10 years back is now "Mylapore Festival" sponsored by Sundaram Finance. In January 2006, Mylapore Festival took place from January 5 to 8, 2006.

The annual Mylapore festival in Chennai is a cultural event, competitions, sumptuous food and chaos too. It is an event that showcases the culture and heritage of Mylapore. Please take a look at the images I have gathered.   From an artistic stand point it is fun and interesting.



 

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Janapada Loka - The Folk Museum

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Janapada Loka Front Gate

Visited Janapada Loka Folk Museum in Bagalore with students from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. I have included images and commentary about the day trip.

Janapada Loka is a museum with activities and artifacts that highlight folk-life and arts. The complex located on a 15 acre green belt, comprises a museum, an art gallery, open air theatre, studio and seminar halls. It is the brainchild of Mr H.L. Nage Gowda, an authority on the folklore of Karnataka.



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Research Proposal

Displacements, Transitions and Diasporas: Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Northern Aboriginal Women’s Ritual Art in Contemporary Settings.

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Faces of India Exhibition

Faces of India Art Exhibition

India experienced a Tsunami on Sunday morning, December 26, 2004 from a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on the floor of the eastern India Ocean. Over 227 thousand people died along the shores of the Indian Ocean from the event, 18 thousand in India alone; many in my homeland of Tamil Nadu. While in the US I had the opportunity to help as many individuals reached to help. A fund raiser was conducted through the sale of artwork on a February Final Friday event.

With the assistance of local group, Aid for India, the Pendleton Art Center conducted a normal Open Gallery Night into an opportunity to sell art and donated some of the profits to the Aid India Organization. Direct donations were also collected. This group saw to it that the funds went directly to those who needed it. I contributed by quickly putting up an Art Exhibition that you see here call "Faces of India". The Exhibit was a compilation of Photographs that I took over the previous 2 years on my travels throughout Southern India.

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Patua Art

Patua Tribal Art

I have recently come across some Patua Art from West Bengal. See my gallery for more images.  Click more below to see video.  It is the creation of Bengali artist called Patuas.  Pata painting or Patachitra is a traditional art form characterized by religious and social motifs and imagery.  Pata is a Bangla word evolved from the Sanskrit patta meaning cloth. Art work drawn on a piece of silk or cotton or any other fabric portraying traditional motifs of religion and society is called ‘pat’ art.





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Bark Painting

Collaborative Bark Painting

I have been in Yirrkala from 2001 to 2004. I have been in Darwin for a printmaking workshop conducted by Basil Hall in 2001 where I met several Aboriginal artists from Yirrkala. I visited and collaborated with them over and over again and this is work was created in 2002. I have curated an Exhibition of their prints at Gonzaga University in 2004. Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre is a community owned and run art centre established in 1975.







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A Day In The Bush; Arnhem Land

This is a photo set of a day spent to gather materials to make art form the bush.  This was during my Travels to Northern Territory Australia to work with the Yirrkala community in Arnhem Land during the fall of 2003.   Click here to see.

Nehru Exhibit, London England

Nwey Center Exhibit, London England

I had a successful exhibit at the Nehru Center in London England in May 2003.

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