EVER FEEL LIKE GOING somewhere really, really far away, just to see what you might run into, whom you might meet, and what happens in the uncertain space of going 'out there' for the search? Maybe that's not for everyone, but that's what the author of the Book of Songs set out to do.
Six weeks in Scandinavia with pens, notebooks, and an open plan got Dipika Kohli to Copenhagen in October, 2015. Booking a sailboat, running into artists, showing up to connect with people she'd met online (sometimes it went great, other times, horribly badly), and drawing and collaging everything that fell to hand was part of the story that led to the collection that is here. Not every piece was created during the stint in that part of the world, (unlike Bangkok), but the central theme was found there---expansiveness.
BRICOLAGE. The BOOK OF SONGS weaves whatever falls to hand, be it the sound of that particular music inscribed on paper, a conversation, or a landscape far or near that left an impression on the heart. Its theme is cycles: shifts, decay, renewal, and transitions.
IN SEARCH OF INTRIGUE. The BOOK OF SONGS is for those still engaged, still open (albeit reluctantly, at times), sometimes vulnerable, always questioning things, and more or less hoping that we humans can remain sensitive and empathetic, and retain the best of what it is to be human. It's for those who feel, who cherish sentience above of reason. Most of all, it's for people who care. About quality. Conversation, connection, making and discovering meaning. Who seek and respect honest stories of learning, growth, and sharing that connect us all---human to human, heart to heart. Poetry, drawing, and collage. It is dedicated the to memory of a nail art salonist and open-hearted soul, Soknea Teang.