Chandrasekar shanthi

Shanthi Chandrasekar

I am a first generation immigrant to the United States and I came here with my husband and two children with the intention of returning back to Singapore once my husband's project was completed.

After a series of company mergers and changes, we became green card holders and then eventually citizens. 

Through all the ups and downs of moving to a new country, it was the "Kol-am" drawing that kept me grounded.

It is a traditional art form drawn by Tamil women from South India at dawn and dusk on the floor in front of the house using rice or rock powder.

Apart from its aesthetic beauty, Kol-ams are steeped in philosophy with profound thoughts.

I learned to draw Kol-ams from my mother and grandmother.

Now I am sharing this tradition with my daughter. 

In this piece, the brown background is made of American soil and the white Kol-am is made of powdered rock from India.

It signifies the blending of earth from two parts of the world on one panel.

One House Project Blackrock Audio Tour
  1. Kajal Dhabalia
  2. Kellyn Moran
  3. Craig Cahoon
  4. Rosa Leff
  5. Shanthi Chandrasekar
  6. Cynthia Farrell Johnson
  7. Jen Sterling
  8. Rita Elsner
  9. Jacqueline Grace
  10. Leslie Nolan
  11. Sandra Davis
  12. Cheryl Mendenhall
  13. Sara Prigan
  14. Anne Cherubin
  15. Dominie Nash
  16. Seemeen Hashem
  17. Lourdes Bernard
  18. Cheryl Edwards
  19. Barbara Frank
  20. Ric Garcia
  21. Warren Alan Jackson
  22. Sally Kauffman
  23. Kyujin Lee
  24. Michael Lang
  25. E. Tina Martin Wyatt
  26. Yolanda Prinsloo
  27. Jane Pettit
  28. Akemi Maegawa
  29. Kate McConnell
  30. Gabrielle Tillenburg