Above is an image of my studio apartment at Sanskriti in New Delhi. After a long airplane journey I arrived at Sanskriti midday on Saturday. Delhi is very crowded and polluted city and Sanskriti is something of an oasis on the outskirts of Delhi. Sanskriti Kendra was founded as a cultural institution to support the traditional Indian arts as well as contemporary international and Indian artists. It is a very pretty place that was built in the 90’s by Mr. O.P. Jain, who is a Jain. He is a tall and elegant man in his 80’s who comes to Sanskriti most every day.
These are beautiful grounds: 3 museums (terracotta, textile and everyday objects,) artist studios and apartments, ponds and gardens, and many other facilities on the 7 acres. It is very sweet and I feel quite comfortable here. There are several artists here from all over the place: Korea, Australia, Holland, England and from different parts of India. Very nice people and delicious vegetarian food.
I brought the pictures of Nasreen and I and a big map of Delhi for my studio. I will be doing some exploring and photographing of Delhi while I am here, as I have said before, with Nasreen as my guide in spirit and experience. Though I am also going to hire a real live guide to take me through some of the historic sites. I am starting my process by doing some photography of the grounds here and of some of the beautiful objects in the terracotta museum here. Nasreen shot black and white film. I am learning to convert my digital images into black and white. I do like the abstraction of the black and white images. I will get drawing and painting soon. Seems crazy to come all this way, but I am happy I did!