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“The Silk Route Art Transit Map with Divergent Routes”

by Valentina DuBasky
Valentina DuBasky discusses her Silk Route Art Transit Map with Divergent Routes, a contemporary transit-style map she created that follows her travels across the interconnected Silk Routes. Through the map, DuBasky envisions artistic exchange in the ancient world as lines, hubs, stops, stations and transfer points that linked great cities, artistic centers, overlapping spheres of artistic influences, and ancient sites. The map includes twenty-two interconnected lines that branch out from major hubs. Stops or stations represent cities where art flourished and new artistic styles developed. Transfer points link pathways of artistic transmission and smaller stops represent ancient sites or (1 hour, includes Q&A)

(The Silk Route Art Transit Map © Valentina DuBasky, 2017, giclee print, 21.5 x38 inches)

“Modern-day, Cave-wall Paintings”

by Valentina DuBasky
Valentina DuBasky describes her travels on the Silk Route where she researched Buddhist cave paintings and ancient art to prepare for her own “modern-day, cave-wall paintings”. She gives an indepth explanation of the development of her art, and discusses the inspiration she found for her own art at the Dunhuang caves in China, the Sharmasay petroglyphs in Uzbekistan, the Shekhawati open-air frescoes in India and her recent trip to the Indian Himalayas through the Fulbright Specialist Program.
(1 hour, includes Q&A)

(About Face, 2017, acrylic and marble dust on plaster and paper, 32.5 x 30 inches)

Valentina DuBasky has presented her illustrated llectures on her art and travels at the Chazen Art Museum, the Hillwood Art Museum, the United States Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; the National Academy of Sciences, the Art Academy of Latvia, and Silpakorn University Art Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand.