Narangkar Glover was born in 1974 to American Sikh converts. She and her two siblings spent their childhoods – from 1983 until 1991 – in a girls boarding school in India called Shangri-La, located in an area called Garhwali Himalaya in the state of Uttarakhand.
Glover holds a M.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.F.A. from California College of the Arts. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell MFA Award in Painting and Sculpture, the Phelan/Murphy/Cadogen Fellowship in Fine Arts, was a Graduate Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts, and Artist in Residence at Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Glover has twice been published in New American Paintings.
Recent exhibitions include University of Washington, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Andrea Schwartz Gallery (San Francisco, CA), CUE Foundation (New York, NY), Headlands Center For the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM) and University of Michigan Ann-Arbor (Ann-Arbor, MI).
She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
For me, a specter is a signifier for memories from which we cannot escape.
My pictorial works weave a ghost-like narrative which is based on early memories of my experiences in a religious group and at boarding school in India. I explore these personal events––events that hang in a hypnagogic and ambiguous space––in order to evoke broader questions about the fragility of the human psyche.
The emotional crux of my work––the psychological space––is a function of memory that is not infallible, yet not untrue or inauthentic, but a complex and layered artifact of recollection. And while painting does not replace memories, it does reveal a tactile, proprioceptive experience–one which acts as a real life stand in for what’s lost and gone.