|"Shangri-La Girls School: Nalwa House Dorm", 2010, 60 x 80 inches, oil on canvas|
|"Shangri-La Girls School: A Thousand Stairs", 2010, 60 x 60 inches, oil on canvas|
|"Shangri-La Girls School: Garhwali Himalayas", 2010, 60 x 60 inches, oil on canvas|
|"Shangri-La Girls School: Field Hockey", 2010, 60 x 80 inches, oil on canvas|
In her ongoing series, "Shangri-La Girls School" Narangkar Glover paints memories that transform themselves into myth. The roots of these images, we are told, lie in a biographical past, a religious upbringing and a girls' boarding school in India. But they are paintings after all. Not memories. Her use of simplified forms and a conscious naive approach to drawing, help to guide us away from seeing them as representations of a reality. They take on a symbolic resonance, so that they are capable of carrying meaning. This is how mythmaking is always done. No one confuses myth with verisimilitude. The latter can easily impress but the former is much harder to accomplish. So brava to Narangkar Glover for taking a unique experience and giving us myths by which to touch that experience with our own.
Her work was featured in last years New American Paintings (#93) and is currently include in a group show at Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco.
To see more of her work online go to her website: www.narangkar.com