Academic Projects: From the Mahabharata to Darth Vader
The connection between academic discourse and art-making is a crucial part of my life's work. I am either in the studio making paintings and sculptures, or in classroom either as a student or a professor. I have been fortunate in my work at the CUNY BA program , Hunter College, and Harvard to have found faculties that supports these dual interests. The galleries below began with images from the Mahabharata (a major Sanskrit epic from ancient India) and follow with more recent work at Harvard. Two other projects, a series of masks and a series of paintings, can be found on the Sculpture and Painting pages of this website. The challenge in each project was to find a way to translate academic content into material form. At all costs I avoid the trap of simply making illustrations of ideas. I seek to produce work that contains the same complexity and beauty I find in the themes I am absorbing.