After India

After a month and a half of staying in India, I felt like I lived there. I ventured to the country in order to work with my creative partner on a Polaroid project asking local people what they wanted to do before they die. My own goals for the trip included a spiritual restructuring, getting healthy, and drinking in the surrounding culture. The ideas for these pieces originated from my visions during meditation while staying at the ashram, and the drawings of them were done before returning to the states. These works were finished in Chicago, and are also greatly affected by the tumult that overtook my life upon reintroduction to the West. All of the materials found below were picked up off the litter-filled streets of Indian towns: Delhi, Amenebhad, Kochin, and Varanasi. The writings (on the back of each piece and journal-style on paper) serve to reflect both my time in India and life since coming home.

KS Rives‘ work has been displayed in galleries around the world. She has received multiple awards, including best in show at Artist Project Toronto. Her series After India will be on display at the Chicago Cultural Center for a solo show in July of 2010.