jajf 2022 project - in progress
Series on the theme of climate change
Mixed media on paper
Paradise in Danger, ink on paper, 2021, 16 x 24 inches
The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship is pleased to welcome its youngest ever winner, as well as its first ever winner from outside the United States: Rhythm Ghai, age 13, from New Delhi, India.
During her Fellowship summer, Rhythm intends to complete a series of large-format mixed-media works dedicated to the environments threatened by the climate crisis, as well as the activities that could reverse the damage-- thus depicting a dire situation truthfully while also conjuring certain ways out.
Using a combination of ink, charcoal, oil, and acrylic to realize her exceptionally intricate signature style, Rhythm has planned a ten-part series evoking endangered flora and fauna, the fossil fuel transition, the greenhouse effect, pollution, impacts on human health, natural calamities like earthquakes and drought, assisted migration of plants, and agroforestry, among others.
While Rhythm has been preoccupied by these themes for some time in her work, the 2022 Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship will enable her to explore them more deeply and execute the finished works on a larger scale than she has attempted before.
Spiritual Wisdom - Water, ink on paper, 2021, 12 x 16 inches