radha sahar
I n t e r a c t i v e   a r t
... cut and woven canvases ...
The essence of my art work is interaction; visual and sometimes physical. Many of my canvases are cut & twisted, or woven, enabling striking visual changes to become apparent as the viewer moves around the room. Being three dimensional, changing light in the room affects the dynamics in different ways than in a static image.

Living with the works, people have expressed that they often see something new in them, which sees them delighting in not taking them for granted.

Nature and the elements are my main themes. I am interested in what makes human life meaningful, and what it is about existance that weaves us together as people and as part of the natural world.

On a different note, my solo exhibition, Spirituality in the Public Domain, explored the theme, involving the community in physical interactions with the works: they contributed their own written prayers, blessings and messages, with the paintings acting as receptacles of positive thought. I started with my own thoughts, hidden in painted layers or scrawled on the back of the canvas, or on the stretchers.

My Background
Music has been my full time work since 1987. I remain business partner with friend, David Antony Clark, sound engineer. David moved with our recording studio to Auckland. We continue adding to our catalogue for our record company, Universal Children's Audio. In 2009 I began writing and performing adult contemporary songs as Baby Boomer Girl - a striking genre-change from the early 'soft-styled' albums I composed for the White Cloud label, shown on this site.

I focused on painting in 2004 for a solo show, my first exhibition, at Pataka in 2005. My last show was at the Twin Kilns, in the Whanganui Open Studios event, 2016. I continue to paint and create music.

Kindergarten teaching was my first profession. I studied fine arts in Otago, then left to study yoga and meditation (hence my Sanskrit name). I've served on the Trust board of Virtues Project New Zealand for many years, developing bilingual resources for New Zealand and recording A Pace of Grace to accompany the book of the same name by Canadian Author, Linda Kavelin Popov and endorsed by the Dalai Lama.

My time of late has been taken up with settling in Levin, a small country town, where my husband, Charles, and I have built a home based on sustainalbe principals and surrounded by a newly established organic garden. We built an additional cottage, The Bach at the Patch, which may be hired as accomodation via Book-a-Bach.
Contact Radha Sahar, The Patch, 45a Fairfield Rd, Levin, New Zealand
Tel: 027 539 9971        e-mail: radha.sahar@gmail.com

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