In January 2013, I worked with the students of Essex Middle School during a one-week residency. We learnt all about Rangoli – dyed our own rice, created designs on tiles and even indulged in some mindful doodling. The tiles will eventually be mounted onto a board and will be on permanent display in the school. Here are some images from the week.
Well the Rangoli design at the Kent Museum was more popular than we first thought – not only with the viewing public, but with the local mice population. After the first 24 hours, a few grains of rice had gone missing. By day 7 over half the Rangoli had disappeared. (see image below). And within 14 days, all 10-15 lbs of rice had been taken away for safe-keeping. All that remained was a small trail of bright pink grains leading into a hole in the fireplace. I was interested to see that the orange rice was the most popular, the natural white grains being the least. To think that nature had indeed removed the Rangoli in its own sweet way was quite thrilling.
In the beautiful and historically preserved Kent Musuem, in the heart of the breathtaking county of Calais, Vermont, I was invited to create an interactive drawing installation on the day preceding the opening of the exhibition Full Circle. It was a wonderful experience to be working with over 20 participants. Over the course of 6 hours, we completed a 6ft x 4ft rectangular design which will remain on view to the public for the duration of the show. Full Circle runs from September 29th to October 7th 2012. Many thanks to Nel Emlen, Allyson Evans and David Schutz for putting together an amazing exhibition.
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Rangoli design completed for the Hatworks Museum, Stockport, Manchester. UK. 2005. The rangoli was commissioned as part of Black History Month.
Size: approx. 4ft x 4ft
Time taken: approx. 6hrs
Materials: rice, pulses and grains
Rangoli completed in a bus shelter at the X.trax Outdoor Art Festival in 2006.
Size: 4ft x 2.5ft.
Time taken: approx. 4hrs.
Materials: Pulses, lentils, rice.