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Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma, GreenMisstep, 2010, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, mineral, and lac pigments on paper, 14 x 11".

Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma

Julie Saul Gallery

Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma, GreenMisstep, 2010, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, mineral, and lac pigments on paper, 14 x 11".

The title of this exhibition, “Cowdust,” comes from the Hindi word godhu¯li, or “cowdust hour,” a term for the indistinct twilight hour between day and night when the herds return from pasture and a fine dust rises up from the road. This liminal time, characterized by flickering landscapes and blurring views, epitomizes the cross-cultural exchange central to the collaboration between Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma. It also describes the paintings themselves, resting as they do on the boundary between dreaming and wakefulness. The images blend the traditional and the contemporary, straddling eras and cultures.

Evans and Sharma met in Jaipur in 2003, while Evans was in India on a Fulbright scholarship studying miniature painting; the two have been collaborating artistically since 2009, creating exquisite works on paper that combine their individual techniques and artistic cultures—miniature

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