In October 2011, I was invited to Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, to perform and coordinate a participatory Rangoli drawing.
The finished design was 5ft x 5ft in size, took over 15lbs of rice in 10 colors and utilized the help of 18 participants over 6 hours.
Many thanks to Jennifer Reis, Gallery Director of MSU and the following students for their help, focus and enthusiasm:
Annie Peterson, Morgan Gaunce, Sarah Porter, Jaleesa Wonell, Maria Blevins, Nancy Sartor, Alana Brewer, Chrissy Smith, Tara Castellano, Callie Morgan, Torri Bakonyi, Collin Hite, Carly Saunders, Oana Elena Nae, Angie Comstock and Sarah Burkhardt.
On the weekend of 2nd and 3rd April 2011, I was invited to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA to perform a Rangoli, as part of Sensational India!, a weekend of creative activities celebrating the arts and culture of India.
Two separate designs were provided for children interested in participating in rangoli making.
The Rangoli design was a celebration of springtime. It included around 8-10 colours, took 10hrs to complete and was 6 x 6ft in size.
On this occasion the design was drawn out onto fabric first, making its demolition a little easier.
In April 2010, I was invited to Suffolk University by Afshan Bokhari, Assistant Professor of Art History at the New England School of Art and Design, to deliver a two-day Rangoli workshop/demonstration and present a lecture about my practice.
The Rangoli was constructed to celebrate the opening of the new, state-of-the-art NESAD building at 20 Somerset Street.
Over the two day period, up to ten students helped to complete the design, which was 7ft x 7ft in size and comprised of 13 different colors of dyed rice and various grains. Time taken: approx. 12hrs.
The event was sponsored by The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, the CAS Dean’s Office, and NESAD.
This Rangoli was designed for the Chorlton Park Arts Festival, an annual celebration of art and culture in Manchester.
Size: 8ft x 4ft. Completed on cotton covered board.
Time taken: 6hrs.
Materials: rice and lentils.
After the complicated center was complete, members of the public were invited to participate and help finish the design.