India: Reflections of Four Artists
The Alfred Van Loen Gallery at the South Huntington Library
is pleased to exhibit the work of Ginger Balizer-Hendler, Rosanne Ebner, Puneeta Mittal, Nancy Yoshii, April 29 – June 1,2017 with the reception Saturday April 29th, 2017 2-4pm.
In 2013, a group of six women — four born in the US, one in England and one in India — traveled together in India for several weeks. Their travels took them through the usual tourist routes as well as the back roads. They experienced local bazaars, fabulous palaces, magnificent gardens, temples and forts. This exhibition features works on paper, canvas, clay and mixed media, weaving a tapestry of what India meant to 4 of them as individuals and how it has inspired their artistic vision since their visit.
Hendler is a mixed media artist that works with vivid color, and patterns. Her work is narrative, she creates a tapestry of her personal journey, sometimes its reads like a journal and others more like a fable or folktale. “The colors and the images of India seemed to breathe life into my canvases.” Hendler recalls growing up in a home that her mother filled with Indian paintings, artifacts, and jewelry. India was a somewhere that her mother never got the chance to visit but through that inspiration came the reality of Hendler’s travels.
Hendler studied at the SUNY at New Paltz, C.W. Post and the New York Institute of Technology. She received an artist residency at The Vermont Studio Center. She published “The Adventures of Gingerealla” in 2014. And is currently working on an Opera.
Ebner returned to ceramics 25 years after receiving her BFA from Syracuse University. She decided to further her education and received her Masters of Art degree from Adelphi University and a MFA at City University at Queens College.
She has taught at Nassau Community College as a Ceramics Instructor and teaches at Brickhouse Ceramic Center. Her work can be seen at the Ashok Jain Gallery in NYC and can be found in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.
Inspired by one of her middle school teachers Ebner deveoped her own passion with India, when given the opportunity to travel with a few artist friends she jumped at the chance. The rich history and ancient architectural structures adorned with color had a strong influence on her art. Ebner’s vessels and tiles combine architectural elements with organic forms creating visions of history and culture.
Yoshii has been working with everything from clay, fabric, jewelry, books, photography and much more since the late 70’s. Her approach and principles are guided from her time living in Japan. Her journey to India has added a new artistic aesthetic to her craft. The patterns, colors and imagery became ever more dominant in Yoshi’s collage work. Relating from her perception of senses Yoshii incorporates a mix of media to her art adding the evidence of India.
Yoshii’s work has been in galleries and exhibits in Manhattan, Philadelphia and throughout Long Island. She is a long-time board member and current vice president of the Long Island Craft Guild. Yoshii has received numerous awards and her work is in private collections throughout the United States.
Mittal the only artist in this group that was born and educated in India, received a Master’s degree in Hindi Literature in New Delhi and launched her teaching career there. She then moved to the U.S. in 1994 and discovered her passion for clay. In 2006 Mittal graduated with an MA in studio art from Adelphi University and an MFA from LIU. She teaches at Adelphi and at Suffolk Community College.
Her work is exhibited internationally and is in many private and institutional collections.
Exhibited here are pieces from her Jharokha Series. Jharokha is an overhanging enclosed balcony used in the Architecture of Rajasthan (India). It served as decoration and it allowed women to view the outside without being seen. Mittal’s art combines the rich culture of her homeland and incorporates her adapted western lifestyles. Searching and defining her identity through her materials and her process. She integrates the basic forms of Warli Painting, ajrakh block printing, lattice work, and other forms of traditional Indian painting. “The vibrant organic colors and integrated motifs are reinterpreted to represent culturally diverse and distinct varieties of art forms that have evolved over the years.” says Mittal.
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