Bala Thiagarajan - "Kolam Floor Drawing"

I am Bala Thiagarajan, an Indian immigrant artist in Arvada, CO. My artwork for this exhibit is a Kolam drawing. Kolam is a traditional folk art form of a floor drawing done with rice powder that originated in South India and is practiced by millions of Tamil women around the world everyday. Kolams are created using a grid of dots and lines, which form the basic structure of the pattern. In ‘Sikku Kolam’ lines weave around the dots to create one or more closed loops. The lines cannot overlap more than once or go over the same path twice. Also every dot has to be included in a closed line. Symmetry is a key aspect of a sikku kolam and in this design, the pattern is mirrored along a central axis of 18 dots, creating a reflectional symmetry. The central axis and the outer pattern in this design are formed of a single continuous line. 

I am excited to present this ancient tradition that still continues to be performed as a daily ritual and has been handed down from generation to generation.

Big Draw Colorado
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  2. Kevin Baer - "Drawing Ritual"
  3. Tree Bernstein - "Buckthorn Near & Far" and "Strawflower Stars"
  4. Tonia Bonnell - "In the Explosion – Rise"
  5. Mark Brasuell - "Tiefschlaf (Deep Sleep)"
  6. Mindy Bray - "Structure #2"
  7. Karen Breunig - "Red Dress #2"
  8. Andi Burnum - "Sketchbook 13 Page 37"
  9. Jack Cackovic - "Font Family: Graffiti"
  10. Al Canner - "Mid-Century Modern Pictograph"
  11. Julie Chen - "Red Rocks"
  12. Diane Cionni - "Rhizome Atlas I"
  13. Sue Crosby Doyle - "Scroll"
  14. Benjy Davies - "Selections from the Daily Drawings Project"
  15. Mark Evans - "The Path to Weightless #3" and "The Path to Weightless #1"
  16. Anne Feller - "Grasping"
  17. Rebecca Gabriel - "Night"
  18. Judy Gardner - "I'm a Fan"
  19. Brittany Hass - "Spider Maple Leaf"
  20. Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 38-20" and "Notation 5-23"
  21. Dan Levinson - "Story of A Giant"
  22. Charles Livingston - "Body Motion Drawings"
  23. Kalliopi Monoyios - "Animist Dancer"
  24. Jonathan Nicklow - "Rearranging The Hungry Eye"
  25. Phillip Potter - "Transitory Formation of Mental Objects #3"
  26. Mike Richens - "Late Afternoon Thoughts On Degas"
  27. Pam Rogers - "Ten Mile Range"
  28. Gregory Santos - "Kimberly (light green)"
  29. Bala Thiagarajan - "Kolam Floor Drawing"
  30. Chloe Wilwerding - "Street View. Home View. Heart View. II"