Artist-In-Residence 2021


Artist in Residence 2021 with Nilou Moochhala

The latest Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture’s artist-in-residence project features the art of Nilou Moochhala!
Almost a year ago, when COVID-19 came to our town, the safety guidelines closed down much of public life and severely limited gatherings with family and friends. Arlington artist Nilou Moochhala established a daily meditative sketch practice as a way of processing the emotional and psychological effects of this time of unprecedented uncertainty, anxiety, and loss. You can view a few of these sketches here.
The abstract sketches born from her efforts are the starting point for a new installation. For the Artist-in-Residence project with Arts Arlington, Moochhala will be creating new drawings in response to conversations with others in our community who volunteer to share their experiences during the pandemic.
“I want to offer a tranquil place to pause and reflect on these chaotic times”
Moochhala will use a combination of these new drawings and her original sketches to create an inviting space for peaceful contemplation in Menotomy Rocks Park. The drawings will be printed on fabric and turned into “meditation flags” suspended in a circle – a format inspired by Buddhist and other traditions. The combination of nature and art will have a special power to engage visitors. Moochhala selected a site in a pine grove with a beautiful circle of gathered wood; she is designing her space to complement this work of anonymous art generated by the community. Interviews will start in March and installation is expected June 1, remaining on view through the summer.

The site, in Menotomy Rocks Park