Participants will experiment with block and screen printing on fabrics (including silk and cotton) using synthetic dyes. Participants will discover the ways dye transforms and integrates with the fibers rather than solely resting on the material’s surface, as is the case with traditional printmaking inks.
Padma Rajendran lives and works in New York City and Catskill, NY. Her works on fabric experiment with the clash and combination of structural patterning. Her content rich compositions reference the duality and contradictions of culture and the multi-facetted definitions of universal heritage. Encoding cloth with these adornments, inks, symbols, and scenes is a way to honor these stories, traditions, and strains.
Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia in 1985. She studied at Bryn Mawr College and received her M.F.A. at Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches at SUNY Purchase and Parsons School of Design and is a teaching artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has taught at Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts and for New York Crit Club. She has had solo exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn), Woodstock Art Association & Museum (Woodstock NY) and Bric Arts Media (Brooklyn). She has exhibited at Field Projects (New York), Beers London (UK), Unpaved Gallery (Yucca Valley, CA), September Gallery (Hudson NY), Blackburn 20|20 (New York), and Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn). She has completed residencies at Ortega y Gasset Projects, the Studios at Mass MoCA, Women’s Studio Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, and the Ox-Bow School of Art. She has been interviewed for Kajal Magazine, the Art Maze Magazine blog, AF Art Magazine, and Maake Magazine. Her work has also been featured in New American Paintings and most recently, Chronogram Magazine.
The Guest Artist in Print Program (GAPP) invites contemporary artists working in print media for a one week residency at UT to develop a new project with the assistance of print faculty and students. In addition to presenting a public lecture, visiting artists directly engage with undergraduate and graduate students through studio visits, workshops, and/or class visits.
Since 1979, GAPP has invited notable contemporary artists such as Luis Camnitzer, Squeak Carnwath, Karl Wirsum, and Judith Linhares to create new work in the UT print shops alongside students. This unique program encourages and expands the dialogue about contemporary print at UT while also fostering collaboration and the invaluable exchange of ideas, print methods, techniques, and processes.