There is the singular, and then there is everything else. Looking out into the world, you are in a twilight state (half daydreaming, half aware); that in-between of states that brings out the hidden magic that is everywhere. Lights twinkle and things rush past you. Your eyes, unfocused, take in shapes and color, and create new relationships, new realities. The body (hair flying) laps up the wind, thirsty. There is music, every high and low note unveils layers of meaning and connections. The singular isn't only in the midst of all, it isall.
Things have been quiet on the blog. In my last post, I was on my way to India for a holiday. I returned to the US around mid-June and have since retreated somewhat. Since my show ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) at The Drawing Studio in Tucson my focus has turned to creating a new body of work. Beginning new work is of course a time for some wool gathering. A time to let the mind wander and look at things in a new light. I have also been busy the past couple of months preparing to move to a new place. We finally moved last week. On moving day I said goodbye to my studio of three years, happy to have had the chance to work in such a wonderful space. My new studio is a bit larger with lots of light. I'm in the process of setting up the space, dealing with boxes and drop cloth, thoughts and second thoughts about how to arrange things. Then there is life in general, which brings its own share of changes. I will talk about this when the time is right. Suffice to say that life has a way of making you pause and look both inside and outside yourself. And so it's a been a busy last few months with a number of changes. I have been taking this time to "wander at ease," as my teacher and mentor Josh Goldberg says with regard to painting (and life too).
Yesterday on my way to Mumbai. Somewhere over the Atlantic:
The light outside goes from pitch dark in the west to pale blue in the east where the sun is rising. The vast horizon offers a glimpse into the nature of things; the flux that always is. Where does something begin and where does it end? The sun keeps rising and setting at the same time.
And then there is a landscape of clouds; mountains and valleys, caves and river beds. The rivers are dark and deep. Who knows what secrets lie in those depths? All I know is that way below the waters is a deeper ocean. The clouds are moving, shape shifting, undecided on what they want to be or can be. The possibilities are infinite.
I am happy to announce that I now have a website: www.priyavadhyar.com. It has taken me a while to get around to building one (the joys of procrastination know no bounds). Thanks to friends and family who checked the initial version of the website and gave me feedback and enthusiasm. My work on the website is not over yet. I am still working on some of the backend details, but the structure and content of the website is up and ready to go.
I hope you will take a look and tell me what you think. As I said the website is still a work in progress, so do let me know if you see any problems cropping up. I'd really appreciate it. Enjoy!
My print 'Unlikely Treasures' has been accepted for the juried exhibition INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices at BlackRock Center for the Arts. The juror for the exhibition is Helen Frederick, who is an artist, curator, educator and the founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; a major figure in the DC arts scene. I am happy to be part of an exhibit that she has juried. It's great to be showing my work at this regional printmaking exhibition along with such talented artists, many of whom I know personally.
The exhibition will be up from February 11 until March 11, and opens this weekend on Saturday, February 11th (2-4pm). Here is the postcard.