The Case of India on My Mind: Creating a Body of Artwork Through Interior Drama
As a practicing artist and educator I have continued to interpret my life through paint. India has played a major role in my development as an artist. I first visited India at 21 and have returned many times. I often have wondered what prepared me to have a comfort level there and a love and fascination with such a difficult country. I had a residency in Gujarat at MS University and began a body of work dealing with my internal and external sources, pictorially and philosophically. While admitting wholeheartedly to be an outsider, I believe art bridges all cultures. The outsider status is true for artists in one's own country as well. This realization continues to aid me in my current work. I have a body of work with interpretations of Gandhi. I have begun to acknowledge my fervent desire that the world might need another Gandhi type person but does not currently.
Keywords: India, 1971, Artist, Influences, Paintings, Monotypes, Drawings
Livia Corinne Stein
Adjunct Professor, Department of Art, Dominican University of California