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Photo of Radha Chandrashekaran

Radha Chandrashekaran

MFA 2000

"My research project and art is dedicated to all women worldwide, who are struggling to discover and live their own truths. It forms a common thread that can unite the women and men of innumerable cultures, who otherwise would be divided by race, language, caste, religion and occupation."

Radha Chandrashekaran is a printmaker, and was born and raised in Southern India. Her current works combine printmaking techniques with other medias such as painting and natural dyes. Radha has exhibited her works at many National and International printmaking exhibitions. Currently a practicing and traveling artist, she gives lectures at different schools about her research and her ties with rituals from Southern India. Performance Art & Design in Indigenous Rituals is the subject of her research wherein she is investigating and documenting ground painting patterns created by women in two different cultures: Southern India and Aboriginal society. The research has originated from her interest in original designs in sacred ground paintings called Kolam created by her women ancestors. Her research focuses primarily on geometrical patterns used in sacred ground paintings by women from Southern India and patterns created by women from Arnem Land, Northern Territory of Australia. The ground paintings and patterns are simple, mythical and meaningful. They serve as a bridge between the past and future; between women of all indigenous cultures. The spirituality behind these sacred ground paintings is of very great richness and depth that we in this present turbulent world have much to learn from. 


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