The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute, the Departments of Art History, Art and Design Studies, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Center for South Asia welcome internationally known print/dye artist, design specialist and community development advocate Meeta Mastani as the Fall 2016 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence.
While in residence, Meeta will teach a semester-long interdisciplinary course, "Tactile Textiles - From 2D to 3D." Students will learn the art of painting, printing and dyeing in non-toxic colors in addition to the global artistry of draping and the histories of ancient craft traditions in South Asia. Guest artists will engage with students and participate in public lectures.
Meeta will mentor those interested in and committed to using their creativity in socially engaged artistic work as global citizens, consult for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection on its South Asian textiles and will extend programs to the wider Madison community, including open workshops and demos. The residency will culminate with a final multimedia public installation and performance in December 2016.
The Meeta Mastani residency is sponsored by the UW-Madison Arts Institute and is hosted by the Department of Art History, with Professor Henry Drewal as lead faculty. Her residency is co-sponsored by the Departments of Art and Design Studies, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Center for South Asia.
The UW-Madison Arts Institute has hosted world-class artists in residence since 1995 and formally launched the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) in 1999. The IARP is made possible by funding from the university's Office of the Provost.
Sarah K Khan is a multimedia artist working in the area of film, photography, textiles and more. She is the creator of ‘Amrita Simla,’ a character that speaks of political and personal narratives, making visible the invisible in a seriously playful and playfully serious way. As part of the residency, Khan will talk of her work and art as a tool of political expression.
Photo by Henry J Drewal
Lakshmi Narayan Kadambi is a researcher, writer and creative interventionist working with Indian textiles and crafts. Through her program Thinkfolk, she connects communities of artists and artisans in South Asia with communities in New England, especially students, teachers and practitioners of art, design and culture. She travels extensively sharing her draping expertise and has been published in Saris: Tradition and Beyond and Threads and Voices. For the residency, she will demonstrate and teach the art of draping textiles and talk about the changes in cultural contexts that elicit different responses in draping.
Photo courtesy of artist
Meghana Jain Singh is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur. Trained in multiple skills in design and education domains, she has been part of commercial and grassroots design setups, design colleges, schools and special education, including designing contemporary hand prints for the last ten years. During the residency, she will work with students to facilitate the process of developing a concept into a print.
Photo by Dhanajai Singh