Kathryn Myers: India Studies

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Sharon Butler blogs excerpts from an interview with painter Kathryn Myers about her discovery of Indian visual traditions that have influence her series of observational paintings of Indian daily life.

Myers recalls: "I went to India for the first time in 1999 on a sabbatical leave… I did not know much about India at all, maybe a minimal amount about miniature painting, I had never seen any Indian art in person that I remember, so I was very naïve and uninformed and thus probably also very open to wherever the experience might take me. Everything from activity on the streets, the regional diversity of Indian geography, food, popular culture, religion, architecture and national and local politics was a revelation. I veered between moments of ecstasy and despair and many feelings in-between, nothing had ever in my life produced such strong and constantly shifting emotions."

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