‘Spirit of Rajasthan’ an exhibition from 12 travellers
I’m really excited to be exhibiting in Fremantle this August with 11 adventurous women. All of them have previously joined me on my Sketchbook Art Tours of Rajasthan in India in the last two years. We have played Holi in ancient Jasailmer, painted the sunrise over water temples, sketched the frescoes of magical havelis, prayed and sketched in sacred Pushkar and danced under the stars with the Kabeliya gypsies in the Thar desert. As you can imagine we fell more and more in love with India, developed wonderful friendships and opened up a new source of creativity.
Exhibitors include experienced artists and women who before these trips hadn’t really explored their natural creative abilities, but who have now made art a priority in their lives. It’s been so inspiring to see the art that has emerged from the trips from all the women. Mixed media using the woodblocks and textiles, sculptural weavings and paintings have all taken off from the initial sketchbooks and photography.
For me the strongest experience that I came home with, was meditating in some of the temples. When I first met Kamlesh, our guide, he took me to his local temples in Jaisalmer. The love and power that came through me was overwhelming and continued to be for several weeks after I returned home.
I am creating an installation for the exhibition that centres around this experience and the colours of India.
All of us had strong experiences in one way or another in India and I think it is this that comes through in the work.
It is with such joy that we’ve come together to experiment, share and support each other. I, for one, feel extremely blessed to have met such a warm, creative group of women. They continue to inspire me and surprise me with their work. Please join us for our exhibition.
“Spirit of Rajasthan” will be open
Saturday 19 August to Sunday 3 September, 9.30am to 4.30pm each day at
The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry St, Fremantle (alongside Moore+Moore cafe)