S P A C E by DK

It’s simple, but very beautiful. BVGuest of Atelier S P A C E, on the issue S P A C E | HCMC, ‘The Book of Feelings: Part 1’, Ho Chi Minh City, 2020

Ah, the wonders of the Sharpie. Such a simple instrument, yet so many possibilities, especially in the hands of Dipika Kohli. Kohli has a witty, abbreviated sensibility perfectly in tune with her medium of choice. With it she silhouettes the world, at least the world as seen from one’s own front door, both facing in and facing out. Rooftops, papers on a desk, the corner of an apartment, an array of objects, a spoken phrase, a bunch of flowers—all find bold and punchy expression through Kohli’s simple black marker line drawings. What takes these catchy pictures further than mere amiableness are the kinds of subtle twists most apparent in Kohli’s zines, where she displays a wry sense of her own field and life. Made primarily from cut-up glossy magazine pages, these collage books are both funny and critical, diaristic and transparent. One even shows marker lines atop found images, revealing the source and process of her own style. How this all translates into hired work for her graphic design clients I have no idea, but I suspect it translates just fine—in our world of irony upon irony, self-reflexivity and critical consumerism can now be used to sell everything from iPods to iGO car shares. Chicago Tribune art critic Lori Waxman. Read the full review in the Durham, NC-based Independent Weekly hereDurham Arts Council, 2011

Thank you for the opportunity.

—F, guest of The Mirror | Virtual, 2018

You want people to think.

—JE, guest at Atelier S P A C E | Kärsämäki, 2018

I look forward greatly to reading anything by this Kamal di punjabi kurri. Please support her extraordinary journey through life and be rewarded!! —Poonam Singh, Preetlarhi Magazine, and coordinator of Preetnagar Writing Residency, which had hosted Dipika Kohli in 2013

‘Dipika is a[n] author who clearly has been writing for years. Her ability to illustrate a particular moment, object, or emotion is amazing. Her writing style is different than what I am accustomed to reading. Its almost poetic. As the reader you can expect to gain insight into the mind, heart and soul of a Woman who lives life passionately and purposely. Also, Dipika does a nice job at outlining the good and not so pretty reality of what it means to defy cultural norms.’—Anonymous, on The Elopement, Review at Amazon, 2012

‘Thank you for coming to Latvia and trying to get us to talk to each other… I hope you’ll come back next year.’ —S, guest at Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019

‘You’re a catalyst for conversations. People might not know where those conversations go, or what new relationships with new people could develop, but you start them. You make the space. You show up.’ —DM, guest of The Mirror, 2018

‘You’re one of those rare, genuine and committed individuals who creates unforgettable experiences.’ —SC, guest of Slow Moment, 2018

‘I think [design thinking] is a valuable skill for anyone to have because the process is about creating innovative solutions… Hearing and then seeing the work of someone who does this every day was an incredible opportunity… Curiosity is encouraged!’ A student guest of Dipika Kohli’s seminar on Design Thinking at UNC-Chapel Hill business incubation center. Read the full text of the university’s writeup here.

‘I loved [Kanishka], Dipika. You and I are different in many ways. I am not sure we would fully agree on what and where we are. But we are also are the same. I really connected with Kanishka. Life, to me, is also all about connections among all of us, but also connections we make in our mind among events and happenstance, and the things we learn from their resonance. I’ve never had an experience anything like what you had when you lost Jaya, but I could feel it, and how it shaped the way you connect with the world, and how you connect it all in your consciousness. I really, really like your epilogue. Thanks…’ —Raleigh News & Observer Editor Eric Frederick on Kanishka, Review at Goodreads, 2015

‘You’ve definitely helped me to recognize my need for the real in both my work and play. I’m very grateful to you for that.’ —MD, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Phnom Penh, 2019

‘I really enjoyed our conversations and am so glad I met you when I did… I loved getting to chat with someone who was so knowledgeable and interesting.’ —AH, 2019, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019

‘I marvel at all the amazing ideas you come up with — AND bring to life!’—SY, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Hanoi, 2017

‘Thanks for your nicely done S P A C E I enjoy it every time!!! :)’ —IB, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019

‘Edifying… You changed the way I think.’ —SJ, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Hanoi, 2019

‘Meeting you was a highlight of my trip.’ —GS, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019

‘I’m still thinking of that conversation from four years ago. That’s why I came to this one. I knew if you were doing it, it was going to be interesting.’ —GC, guest of S P A C E | Bangkok, ‘Miniparty’, 2019

‘I haven’t felt like this, creatively, just… yeah! For… years!!… Thank you.’ —RS, guest of Atelier S P A C E, 2019

‘You stirred something in me that has not moved for a very long time.’ —PH, 2018, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Kärsämäki, 2018

‘My mind is, after this conversation, blank. Like, zero. And I mean that in the best possible way.’ —M, guest of Atelier S P A C E | Phnom Penh, 2017

‘Astonished…’ –BH, guest of The Cojournal Project, 2017

‘I love the space you are creating and holding around the world for deep thought and unusual connection.’ —KA, observing projects of Kismuth, online workshops, 2017