image above: sculptures at the Museum of Indian Terra Cotta at Sanskriti where I am in residence – a beautiful in and outdoor museum
These lovely sculptures at Sanskriti should cheer me up. There is a wonderful array of them at the museum here. This post might sound a little discouraged. I think this is normal in residencies (also on big trips and retreats and pilgrimages I have found.) I have been here two weeks now and I feel somewhat adjusted. Sanskriti is a lovely place and my project is a great opportunity for me – but India is hard and Mohamedi’s practice is difficult to emulate. I think she will shape my practice in some major way, she already has – it just has not resulted in my own drawing “product” yet. I posted last week that I found two Mohamedi drawings to look at in person at the National Gallery of Modern Art. I have been continuing to search for her work here and I am hoping to see a few more of her works that are in the permanent collection at the NGMA. However it is difficult to organize and involves many phone calls, emails etc.
My photography practice is changing (thank you Nasreen.) I had several nice prints made of some of my black and white photographs. I still have lots more photography (and printing) I would like to do in the next week. I am just getting to a level of abstraction with the photography that Nasreen is urging me towards.
I have been struggling with drawing and painting. No drawings I want to show yet. I am going to reduce back to just pencil, no paint, no color (Nasreen is leading me again.) If I can make one pencil drawing that I like in the next week I will be happy. I can then bring it and several black and white prints back into my studio at home in Boulder and have some part of India and Mohamedi to work with. I have a series in mind.
Three weeks is definitely not long enough to see a little of Delhi and try and to make much work, at least at my pace. All of the other artists at Sanskriti are here for at least one month and several are here for 2 or more months. Tomorrow morning I am going into Delhi to photograph around Humayan’s Tomb, a famous piece of Mughal architecture.
Please read my post “Mohamedi found” from November 3rd if you have not read it yet – much more upbeat.
I printed the 4 images below I think they are beginning to communicate a view that I am “looking” for.