Exhibit at Stonehill Features Painter Daisy Rockwell

October 18, 2012


A new exhibit at Stonehill's Cushing-Martin Gallery will feature work by painter Daisy Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell.

Titled "Please Make it Stop! Traditional Portraiture in the Age of the Global 24-Hour News Cycle," the display will include Rockwell's responses to contemporary media events, including portraits of international terrorists and the late Whitney Houston (pictured left with Bobby Brown). Her book of paintings and essays on the global war on terror, "The Little Book of Terror," which debuted in February 2012, is also featured in the display.

The exhibition will run at the Cushing-Martin Gallery from October 25 to December 7. Rockwell will be on hand for an opening reception and talk on Monday, October 29 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. She will be signing copies of her book as well.

The exhibition and talk is a part of the Stonehill English Department and Creative Writing Program Festival of Literary Arts, a month-long celebration of verbal and visual expression.

Rockwell paints under the alias, Lapata (pronounced 'laapataa'), which is Urdu for "missing," or "absconded." Also featured in the exhibit will be a series of the nine classical rasas- depictions of philosophical states of mind in Indian art. 

Rockwell grew up within a family of artists in western Massachusetts, including her father and uncle. From 1992-2006, Rockwell made a detour into academia, from which she emerged as a Hindi scholar with a Ph.D. in South Asian literature and a book on Indian writer Upendranath Ashk.

Rockwell has shown her work in throughout the country and in Canada. Her essays on literature and art have appeared in Bookslut as well as Caravan and The Sunday Guardian in New Delhi, India. She posts her paintings regularly to Flickr, and writes for the blog Chapati Mystery.

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