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Caroline Woodruff's Essay Published in Bowdoin Journal of Art

June 26, 2017

Caroline Woodruff (B.A. 2017) has published an essay in the Bowdoin Journal of Art.  The idea for Caroline's essay titled "Matter Made Divine: The Minneapolis Institute of Art's Yogini Holding a Jar" was originated and developed with her advisor, Dr. Sugata Ray, during her Senior Thesis course.  She wanted to incorporate her love of geology (newly acquired during a course at the U) with her deep interest in the art of India.  Dr. Ray and Caroline brainstormed a few ideas and she followed his suggestions for researching and writing about the fascinating subject of yoginis.  Dr. Ray directed her to Padma Kaimal’s research on nineteen stone sculptures that were retrieved from a temple in Kanchipuram in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu by the French archaeologist, Gabriel Jouveau-Dubreuil, and sent to collector, C. T. Loo, in Paris in the 1920s.  The stone sculpture yoginis are now dispersed in at least twelve separate museum collections across south India, Europe, and North America.  One of these sculptures, Yogini Holding a Jar, is in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and is currently on view.  In addition to Dr. Ray, Caroline would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Marshall and Theresa Downing for their "superbly structured and faciliated" Art History Senior Thesis course.

The Bowdoin Journal of Art is one of only a few American and international academic art publications that features the work of undergraduates. To learn more about the Bowdoin Journal of Art, please visit their website.