For some, practicing a traditional art is an emotional act. For others, it can address an environmental or political cause or a social practice—a tool for binding communities. For years, people, especially women and youth, have used the ancient Indian art of Madhubani painting as a non-violent rebellion against oppression, poverty, and social injustice.
In this talk, discover how practicing one’s own tradition can liberate and empower. Having practiced Madhubani art since childhood, artist Deepti Agrawal compares and contrasts how this heritage art has empowered communities across countries and demographics. Agrawal will also provide a demo and a work-along session where participants can practice the Madhubani style and learn more about its rich heritage.
Deepti Agrawal (she/her) is a renowned Madhubani painting artist, designer, and muralist as well as an arts educator. A Washington Governor’s Art and Heritage Award winner, Agrawal currently runs her signature art label, Deepti Designs, under which she creates unique and experimental art pieces. She is a visiting artist at Seattle Art Museum, King County Library System, Redmond City public art programs, and more.
Agrawal lives in Bothell.