Opening reception August 24th 5-7PM 707 Canyon Rd Santa Fe New Mexico 87501
Meta-Tourist tracks my recent experience in India as an artist-in-residence. It is based on the premise that we are all travelers on the tour of a lifetime, one of 7.5 billion people on a planet 4.5 billion years old.
The cycle of turning and returning continues a theme throughout my work, most recently highlighted in a water rights residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2016.
The project I proposed for my work in India in 2016 for a printmaking residency at the Chhaap FD in Baroda, Gujarat, focused on Mahatma Gandhi and the practice of non-violent protest. After several weeks of work and touring local sites, forts and temples, I began to incorporate different cycles related to turning and returning: including those of invasions, occupiers, protection, defense, rebellion and underlying layers of cultural exchange at the Meta-Level, even while trade and commerce hummed along and cows grazed in their own cycles. Like many U.S. tourists, I was seeking a new perspective on my own country due to our recent cycles of power. Like Gandhi’s spinning wheel and the wheel at the center of the Indian flag, this work has spun together points of connection through contact with materials and the art making process, throughout the exploration of these larger themes.
Monotype and drypoint etching, collage, large figurative paper constructions, and paintings were the result of these ongoing explorations. Much of the work is printed on handmade cotton rag paper made from garment industry scraps at a small factory in Rajasthan. The factory and the work embody the cycling and turning that I continually respond to, where the paper is made from a set of cotton plants grown in India. The plants are spun into thread, woven into fabric, pulverized, pressed, dried and reincarnated into paper--and shipped to the USA via India Post, in a cycle of return and cultural exchange. - Kathleen McCloud
For Images of the Opening Reception, visit the gallery's Instagram @gfcontemporary -- or search #MetaTourist