Bhojan: Paintings by Sarasvathy TK
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 9, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-4pm
Artist Sarasvathy TK will be presenting Bhojan, an exhibition of twelve paintings of Indian food depicted in a hyperreal style.
Bhojan, defined as “meal” in Hindi, presents intricate depictions of a panoply of Indian foods that may be served as an elaborate meal on a special occasion or presented to an honored guest. Starting with a meticulously rendered Mango Lassi as an aperitif, moving into several main courses and ending with Jalebis for dessert, the paintings are true to life in their colors, textures, and vividly captured details. Food, especially in the diaspora, is so inextricably linked to culture and heritage that it is almost a cliche. Sarasvathy takes that cliche and blows it up to super-human size to provide fresh reminders of how truly delectable the food is while alluding to its diverse histories and migration patterns.
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In conjunction with the exhibition, the South Asian Womxn’s Creative Collective will present a panel discussion on Saturday, June 11th at 4pm with Chitra Agrawal, co-founder of Brooklyn Delhi; Barkha Cardoz, managing member of the Cardoz legacy; Sarasvathy TK, artist; Zainab Shah, contributor to NYT Food, Bon Appetit, and Saveur; and moderated by India Witkin, creator and host of the podcast Eating America with India. To RSVP and for more info: www.sawcc.org/panel-discussion-chili-coriander-cardamom