I spent the summer of 2013 in Southern India, in a humble village called Balliganapalli. I taught 7th and 8th grade English: Literature, Creative Writing, Persuasive Writing, Grammar, Poetry, Critical Thinking, and Spelling.
While at Shanti Bhavan Children's School, I painted a large-scale mural on the stairwell. I wouldn't call this piece one of my best works by any means; I was using watercolor brushes and painting with old acrylic paint that clung to the wall surface like plastic. It is meaningful, however, because of the emotive qualities it evokes and the message for which it stands. My experience as a teacher at Shanti Bhavan forever changed me, and it is my hope that the mural serves as my contribution to the spirit of kindred friendship at the school.
In June 2015, I traveled to New Delhi and Southern India to initiate an organic independent research project, where I studied the socio-political dimension of work by contemporary female artists in India.
I then returned to the U.S. to expand my research at the Smithsonian's Freer | Sackler Galleries of Asian Art.
Portrait of Shilpa - closest friend - upcoming writer - author of memoir The Elephant Chaser's Daughter