In early January I had the pleasure of completing a Rangoli residency at the River Rock School in Montpelier, VT. River Rock is a small school with fewer than 50 students and mixed-grade activity classes, which gave us the perfect opportunity to experiment with some new ideas.
Students learned about geometry, shape and pattern, and designed their own Rangolis on paper which they used to create a transparent-film window-quilt and transform into mindful doodles. They also learned about Kamalkari–the Indian art of block-printing– which inspired the creation of hand-printed peace flags. Finally we collaborated as a group to create temporary Rangoli patterns using rice and colored chalk, which made for a beautiful and memorable finale.
On October 20th 2016, an interactive Rangoli performance took place at the Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington, VT. Participants were students from the Global Studies Senior Seminar and the performance took place during a solo exhibition of my work. Peripheral Vision features work created as a result of a 15-week residency in the Champlain College MakerLab in the spring of 2016. While exploring the line between permanence and the ephemeral, I have been experimenting with cutting-edge 3D-printer technology and created a body of work that attempts to connect three different elements of my practice: rangoli, painting and sculpture.
April 10th – 17th, 2016 was Danville Arts Week, and I had the wonderful opportunity of working with students from Pre-K through 12th grade at The Danville School in the Northeast Kingdom, VT. Students participated in a number of activities including Rangoli design, mindful doodling and pattern making, quilt-creation from transparent film, and large-scale rice-embellished designs. Here are a few images from the week. Many thanks to art teachers Lian Brehm and Abigail Bartell.
1st graders practice their symmetry
students create vertically-suspended quilts from their tiles
In January 2015, I had the opportunity to work with the students of Georgia Elementary School as artist-in-residence. The 2nd through to 4th graders made some incredible work and we began by studying ephemeral art around the world. Over the course of 4 days, the students prepared their materials, created their own designs and participated in a group Rangoli. We also experienced being mindful and explored some mindful doodling. Tiles created during the residency will be exhibited at the Vermont Statehouse in March for Youth Art Month.
Rice dyeing demonstration
Exploring geometric forms
The students made some beautiful designs
We made individual tiles that formed part of a larger design
Explorations in mindful doodling
Dorsey Hogg works with her students
The process is captivating
Completing the circle. Rice will used in the Pre-K sensory table