Meghdoot, Shifting Movements, SOMArts Cultural Center
Meghdoot, (The Cloud Messenger)
Collaborative Mixed Media Installation
Chloe Alcock, Breanna M.Bayba, Michael Boyce,
Ivan H. Chen, Danielle A. Forward, Christopher M. Kelly, Yvonne Lin, Marjerrie S. Masicat, Christopher Shi, Smedal Kjetil, Julie T. Tran, Ethan J. Verkler,
Virginia L. Williams, and Jessica M.Young
The title of our collaborative work refers to the ancient Sanskrit text "Meghdoot" (The
Cloud Messenger) by the poet Kalidas. In this literary text, an
exiled Yaksha (Demigod) sends messages through clouds to his beloved wife and
yearns to reunite with her. In our installation, each rain cloud depicts inner turmoil on the
present state of the world and also acts as a prayer to settle down the dust of violence,
terror, and discrimination in the name of gender, race, and ethnicity.
The material of the clouds shares a similar texture to the feel of human skin. Each piece
of clothing on the line is representative of the person. Like people, no cloud shape is the
same, and individual clouds are separate in form but create formations and
communities together, pushed together and apart by the winds of social change. We are
transitory and migratory, pushed and pulled by forces that we cannot always control.
Social issues at first glance may seem to be separate, but like clotheslines, share
similar threads that intersect in our communities.
Collaborative Art Project with Asian American Community in San Ramon and Fremont
October, 2016, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA