AVANTIKA BAWA Avantika Bawa (Djerassi, 2014) is an artist, curator, and academic whose work emphasizes the intersections where drawing and sculpture, stasis and motion, and the functional and the non-functional mingle. Her work has been exhibited at the Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR; Suyama Space, Seattle, WA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara, India; Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, Portland, OR; the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; the Museum of Contemporary Art, GA; the Surrey Art Gallery in Canada; and The Drawing Center and Smack Mellon in New York. Bawa is represented by Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA and Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. She is currently associate professor of fine arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA. www.avantikabawa.net “My work changed in a very literal sense. I used pure red in my work for the first time. This was initially a tongue-in-cheek response to being surrounded by the redwoods. I incorporated slivers of redwood in my collages. I am now comfortable using red! On a more conceptual level, the residency pushed the range and pace of my drawing practice. The community was fantastic, fun, diverse and energized!” Above: Redwoods Drawing Series, 2014, Redwood pieces, graphite and pastel on paper, 16” x 20” Right: Redwoods Drawing Series, 2014, Redwood pieces, graphite and pastel on paper, 16” x 20”