ARTIST TALK & DEMO
AT ASIAN ART MUSEUM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
March 24 -25, 2017
Rupy had the honor to share the unique Sikh painting style from the Sikh Kingdoms during the 19th century as well as contemporary Gurmukhi calligraphy at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. The Artist demo and talk were part of the programming in support of the Sikh Art Exhibition "Saints and Kings" running at the museum. It was a moment of pride to bring Sikh heritage to life through art practice at a major museum.
The 1947 Partition of British India was an event that not only resulted in loss of life but also the loss of homeland and a sense of belonging. My grandparents were among the 15 million refugees created by this tragic event.
Partition has left a painful impact on the minds of many who were displaced and on the lives of many generations who have grown up on stories of loss and longing related to Partition.
This series of paintings is an investigation into the impact of Partition on my upbringing and story as a second generation witness of Partition. The series includes several calligraphy and miniature works all connected by the thread of separation, a sentiment commonly referenced in Punjabi stories of love and belonging.
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