Ayyappan Pilgrims at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, quadtone carbon pigment inkjet print, 7.5â€ x 7.5â€, 1998
Mark Petrick received his BA in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley (1977), where he also did Graduate Studies in Architecture & Design. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1983). He lives in Fairfield, Iowa.
About the artwork, Mark Petrick writes: I went to India to look at common thingsâ€”temples and houses; people sitting, walking, working, worshipping; rivers and mountains; streets and shops; goddesses and gods; signs, pictures, and patterns; the sunrise; the places and happenings of each dayâ€”and to make pictures of them.
The pictures in an India are not really the result of hard labor, but of perseveranceâ€”of walking and taking the steps to move to new places, of walking some more and continuing to look with care at the obvious...These are pictures of a loved one, India, that have been collected and choreographed to convey some sense of her complexity, dignity, charm, ordinariness, contrariness, majestic depth, and mundane squalorâ€”the confluence of the plain, the savory, and the hard to swallow, creating the unfathomable flavor of her beauty.
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