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The Earth Under Our Feet

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT


After thirty-five years in Southern India, transdisciplinary artist, Ashwini Bhat now lives and works in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain, California. Coming from a background in literature and training in Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance, Bhat uses sculptures, installations, video, and text, to develop a unique visual language exploring the intersections between body and nature, self and other.

In this site-specific immersive performance, Earth Under Our Feet, on the Museum’s front terrace, evolving over 3 days, incorporating clay, and inspired by the symbols of the spiral and the mandala, Bhat invites public participation in the process, using the South Asian practice of foot wedging, urging the participants to notice our entangled connection to the ground we stand on. And in this collaborative shaping of clay, we build a sense of belonging, of repair of community, self, and place. The title is borrowed from the notebooks of George Oppen, an American Objectivist poet, and a political activist, who wrote, “The earth under our feet; we are not asked to begin nowhere”.


June 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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