Aparna Sarkar

tutor, painter, dancer

Aparna graduated from Pomona College in 2014 and moved immediately to Brooklyn to teach mathematics at Saint Ann’s School. Her typical courses included Calculus I & II, Trigonometry, and Analysis. She always taught one section of third grade. During her time in New York, Aparna developed her art practice out of a painting studio in Bedstuy. Aparna’s paintings have been shown at galleries including C24 and Field Projects in Manhattan, as well as CalArts in Valencia, CA. She has completed residencies with SVA, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and Manhattan Graphics center, among others. Aparna is currently working on her Painting MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.

…a text I love to teach

God of Small Things. Arundhati Roy is a master communicator of emotion and environment. It is a joy to unpack; so juicy. You’ll find weight, light, humility, the stuff of deep sadness and the magic of childhood play. I’d read this with anyone, anytime.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Oaxaca, Mexico: for the tamales, bright-color buildings, gilded stone libraries, open town squares, beautiful rainstorms on lush greens, and printmaking everywhere.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Louise Bourgeois, Toni Morrison, Marsha P. Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Billie Holiday, Gertrude Stein, Adrian Piper, Yoko Ono.

…something I can’t stop thinking about

The responsibility of contemporary art to decolonize modernism.