Narrative Geometry: The Art of Warli Heritage Hall, August 16 through September 23
Warli is a folk painting style native to India that frequently portrays traditional daily life and special occasions, ranging from farming and gardening to marriages and feasts. The art of drawing animals and people in the Warli style is fairly simple, using geometric designs to compose the main body of the subjects, whether animal or human. However, when these designs are put together, especially in spirals and concentric circles and undulating lines, the effect takes a complex and narrative form.
Each piece in Narrative Geometry was created by Vaishali Mohite, depicting village life in the Maharashtra region of India. She continues the folk tradition of Warli, named after the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, who have been creating these paintings for over 10,000 years. Vaishali holds a Master's degree in Social Work with a Medical and Psychiatric Specialization from Shivaji University in Kolhapur, India. A former Fargo resident, she is also a folk and contemporary visual artist.
Narrative Geometry was designed by The North Dakota Council on the Arts for its Art for Life Program, which seeks to improve the emotional and physical well-being of elders through art and artist interaction.