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Chemat Dorjey

Chemet Dorjey, a sculptor by training, set up the Spindle Art Studio and Gallery, in 2018, which has evolved as a significant hub for young artists and art enthusiasts in Leh. The space not only showcases art but also conducts art classes for the youth of Leh. His practice spans various vernacular and recycled materials, fiberglass, for site-based public art as well as for gallery spaces. He is also one of the founder members of KANGSING, a collective to promote snow and ice art in Ladakh. He has worked extensively as an illustrator for Stawa Magazine, Leh, has participated in several group shows and his works are in the prestigious collection. 

Pasang Dolpo

Pasang Dolpo was born in Bhijer Village in Upper Dolpo, a rugged mountainous region in North-West Nepal. From a very young age, he was interested in drawing, although most of his time was taken up with helping his mother: as the eldest son, he had to step in to assist when his father passed away when he was only 5 years old. He would go herding animals like yaks, sheep, goats, and horses. Pasang would spend some of the winters with his uncle and maternal grandfather from whom he studied traditional, formal education of reading and writing Tibetan, which is his native language. Currently, Pasang is based in Kathmandu where he continues his drawing and painting work, and side by side he runs a hospitality business focused on improving opportunities for and skills of women from his homeland Dolpo.

Skarma Sonam Tashi

Skarma Sonam Tashi's works seek to generate a new relationship and experience of an image beyond the material's functionality. They are playful and intuitive and often refer to the transforming experience of landscape. In his artistic process, Stanzin transforms cardboard by soaking and breaking it down into a pulpy consistency. He combines glue and clay to create a paste, which he applies to shape desired forms on sturdy cardboard bases. Colors are added for visual impact. He draws inspiration from the sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyles that have thrived in Ladakh for centuries. The traditional Ladakhi building techniques, following the regional Himalayan patterns, have long embraced sustainable principles. The use of local materials such as stone, sun-dried bricks, and rammed earth, combined with the design of battered walls sloping inwards, creates a harmonious integration with the natural surroundings. However, in recent times, this sustainable practice has gradually diminished, and my art aims to revive the essence of these practices.

Tundup Churpon

Tundup Churpon’s ceramics explores materials from nature and issues of the contemporary world. They dwell within the precarious balance of the modern and the traditional and question the demarcation between fine and applied art. His practice explores the intersection of his upbringing within classical religious art and his training in Ceramic and Glass Art from the Department of Visual Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharti University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal. 

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