Ms. Sarah Sohn
Specialization: Painting and Printmaking
Home institution in US: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Host Institution in India: Kerala Kalamandalam, Thrissur, Kerala  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Sarah Sohn holds an M.F.A. in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois and a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2011, she was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and was the recipient of the Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize. Ms. Sohn’s paintings have been included in numerous group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Her museum shows include the Provincetown Art Association Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sohn’s Fulbright project, “Gestural abstraction: Create paintings based on the research of Kathakali dance in Kerala,” is to create paintings inspired by the Kathakali dance and research its significance to the history, mythology and culture of storytelling in Kerala. Through her affiliation with the Kalamandalam Theatre and College of Fine Arts in Kerala, she will be able to sketch on-site at the theatre, engage in interviews with the actors to collect imagery and interpret dance gestures into a series of abstract paintings. In Bangalore, she will exhibit her work and publish an art journal at the Art, Resources and Teaching Trust.