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Parthi B. Patel
It wasn’t just one action, but rather a continuous one that stood true through everything. That one continuous action? Support. Through my work and specializing in South Asian cultures, I am constantly aware of the conditional love that can come from immigrant parents and how difficult it is to function in that box. I understand what it means to feel forced to function in a box that was indirectly drawn for you. To be or do anything outside of those lines meant trauma, neglect, and guilt. It was a reinforcement of the lesson – others’ expectations of me are my responsibility. Read more>>
When I was a senior in high school, our choir was invited to sing at a competition out of state. My family couldn’t afford to send me. My friend, who was also in the choir, really wanted me to be able to go. She decided to ask other members of the choir that weren’t planning on going but had some money in their accounts from choir fundraisers if they would donate. She ended up raising enough funds to completely cover the cost of the trip. That was over 30 years ago and it was a kindness that I will never forget. Read more>>
The creative field in South Florida can be difficult to navigate. There are so many artists who have similar works, techniques, styles, and esthetics. It is easy to feel overwhelmed about how to take your next step into being shown or represented. I have been lucky enough to have support from artists and gallerists who have guided me through some of this. People I respect have offered advice and have believed in my work to include me in exhibitions. This act can really help reinforce the decision to focus on my artwork and creative ventures. Read more>>
For starters, I strive for independence in most areas of my life. Even when I had my tonsils removed at age 31, I refused help from family and friends. I wanted to suffer in silence. This is my personality. However, I joined a volunteer organization a few years ago (Team Rubicon), where I had the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life but with the similar personality of independence. One in particular is Kirk McLaughlin. He has since retired to the mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Stephanie, but he continues to be one of my strongest cheerleaders. Read more>>