Ayyappan Pilgrims at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Ayyappan Pilgrims at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, quadtone carbon pigment inkjet print, 7.5” x 7.5”, 1998

Mark Petrick received his BA in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley (1977), where he also did Graduate Studies in Architecture & Design. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1983). He lives in Fairfield, Iowa.

About the artwork, Mark Petrick writes: I went to India to look at common things—temples and houses; people sitting, walking, working, worshipping; rivers and mountains; streets and shops; goddesses and gods; signs, pictures, and patterns; the sunrise; the places and happenings of each day—and to make pictures of them.
The pictures in an India are not really the result of hard labor, but of perseverance—of walking and taking the steps to move to new places, of walking some more and continuing to look with care at the obvious...These are pictures of a loved one, India, that have been collected and choreographed to convey some sense of her complexity, dignity, charm, ordinariness, contrariness, majestic depth, and mundane squalor—the confluence of the plain, the savory, and the hard to swallow, creating the unfathomable flavor of her beauty.

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