Dung, divinity and democracy tracing the cow in Indian folk art, ritual and the work of Sheela Gowda

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dc.contributor.author Millar, Eve
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-14T22:52:51Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-14T22:52:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-08-14T22:52:51Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1069
dc.description.abstract In the 1990s internationally renowned Indian artist Sheela Gowda exchanged oil paint for cow-dung. This dramatic shift occurred in response to the rise in Hindu fundamentalism and as way to voice her distress at the violence of the Hindu / Muslim riots. From a eurocentric art-historical perspective, adopting cow-dung to create art may seem like a radical move, but in India it is a material rich in multi layered histories and one resonating with ritual, economic and gendered subtexts and overtones. This thesis analyzes Gowda's multi-coded artworks in an attempt to render more visible an artist who is an important contributor to the international contemporary art scene, to render viable arts usually considered marginal, minor or folk, and to balance an art historical canon which still favours the "high arts" as well as white, western or male artists. It argues not only for the validity of art in its many forms, but also for art historical scholarship which functions as bridge to forge meaning and open up dialogue between artists, viewers, critics and curators. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject cows en_US
dc.subject art en_US
dc.subject Indian folk art en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Communication and the Arts::Art--History en_US
dc.title Dung, divinity and democracy tracing the cow in Indian folk art, ritual and the work of Sheela Gowda en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Wright, Astri
dc.degree.department Dept. of History in Art en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US

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