‘Experiences in India’ art show tells life stories

Mosaic by Danielle DobiesArtists Danielle Dobies and Lynn Hill will exhibit their works in “Experiences in India,” on display this month at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center, 1021 State St.

The opening reception takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Open viewing dates and times are from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays (Nov. 8, 15 and 22) and by appointment at (815) 758-1351 or ddobies@niu.edu.

“After visiting educational and spiritual sites in Southern India, Ajanta, Ellora and New Delhi I designed a large mosaic mural. The women I met told stories of the complexity of life in India,” Dobies said. “This mural illustrates the contemporaneous achievements and social evils surrounding women in India.”

“India has a hold on me that I can neither explain nor ignore. After eight trips I struggle to reconcile the effortless potential of my life with the significant restrictions of my sisters in India,” Hill said.

“I have witnessed firsthand many of the issues that confront them. My trips have been organized to focus on particular challenges and some of the initiatives working to mitigate those hardships. As an artist, my response has included documentary photograph series, video interviews, and participatory projects,” she added. “This exhibit brings together work from the past few years that span several themes relating to Indian women.”

Dobies received her BFA from Elmhurst College in 2012. She is an MFA candidate at NIU. Hill is chair and associate professor in the Department of Art at Elmhurst College.

The DeKalb Area Women’s Center Galleries are located four blocks north of Lincoln Highway between Tenth Street and Eleventh Street. Parking is available in the lot one-half block south on Eleventh Street. The accessible lift is reached from the north alley adjacent to the building. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (815) 758-1351 or email dawc@niu.edu.

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