Goa, much like all the other Indian states, has its own distinctive personality.
I’ve always had the perception that Goa is the most culturally western state in India. Whilst everyone speaks English(!) it still does feel very much like India, cows roaming, stray animals galore, an abundance of tourist stalls with the difference being that there are more churches than the northern states I’ve previously visited.
The St Francis of Assisi Church in east Pannaji was a brick red masterpiece from afar and whilst everyone was seemingly busy looking at the history and praying – I took some time to look at all the architecture and geometric patterns in search of Portuguese influence.
I found numerous tiles hidden on the side of altar posts, in smaller rooms, beautiful ceilings with geometric tiles with complimentary tones including sea green, cobalt blue and the erosion of the tiles revealing a burnt terracotta underneath – a ready made color palette for my Goan/ India collection coming soon!
The tiles were almost eroded away, but with a repeat pattern capturing the florals, curves and geometry – the wearing away of the tile layer added to the authenticity and revelaed the terracotta which works so well.
The Goan collection.
Art Journal quick study to capture the mood, tones and composition to inform my next collection.