Watch Alka’s stay with us here http://vimeo.com/73802921
Art House hosted international artist Alka Mathur from New Delhi, India from April 1 through June 30, 2013. Through the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation and their Creative Fusion Program, Art House hosted Ms. Mathur during her stay and planned a variety of events and partnerships for which the community could meet and work with Alka. The Cleveland Foundation supported five other international artists and their host organizations which include Cleveland Public Theater, Ingenuity Festival, Zygote Press, Rainey Institute and Young Audiences.
During her stay with Art House, Alka worked with approximately 500 children and adults through programs with Denison School, New Bridge: Cleveland Center for Art and Technology, Esperanza, and Detroit Shoreway’s pARTy on the Square.
Born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. She is a qualified artist from the Sir J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai. She has held various solo and group shows since 1992. Her language has been a mix of the contemporary with the traditional. She has been able to explore the two worlds and come up with a vocabulary which marries the east and the west. She has a passion for tea bags and is very interested in how life is synonymous with tea; starting from the tea leaves being cultivated in large tea estates to it ending up as drained tea bags in some ones trash can. She enjoys the stains and dyes that the tea bag produces. She has also studied under expert dyers in Jaipur. All this has culminated in a body of work that is varied, earthy and uniquely her. Her stint at a Residency in Santa Fe helped her to crystallize and clarify her ideas and processes. Alka’s works are a part of Private and Public collections in India and abroad.
Creative Fusion is an urban-based international artist residency program created by the Cleveland Foundation. The program consists of two, three-month residency periods each year, with up to six international artists selected for each period. Invited artists get the opportunity to develop new work and share a contemporary view of their culture with our community.Artists are nominated by a panel of international arts experts, then selected and hosted by local cultural institutions, which provide studio space and materials for the artist’s work. In addition, host institutions collaborate with other community partners to provide opportunities for creative exchange with our local artists, deep engagement with the public, and hands-on learning experiences for youth.