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April 13, 2017 Comments (0) Views: 284 Ceramic, Craft

The energy of space

Mudita Bhandari’s ceramic creations are a reflection of how she perceives herself in the context of an ever-changing world.

Currently she is practicing ceramic artist, who works largely with clay. Based in Indore, Mudita also does some freelance work, taking up commercial projects that include other materials like iron, paper, and fabric.

“The aura or the essence created by a particular space fascinates me.” – she admits. “Whether it is the sense of space within oneself or the physical space around, I have been fascinated by all its dimensions. All of this informs my work. I enjoy using different forms, playing with light and shadow, creating a sense of hide and seek with multiple layers to express what I feel or experience. My work is more about the essence than a definite statement.”

Mudita was one of 18 artists selected for a 40-day residency in China and the work they made there was supposed to be a part of the Fule Indian Ceramic Museum:

“It was the first time I was working alongside Indian potters with international acclaim and though it was a bit daunting in the beginning, there was a great energy there. What I enjoyed most were the gigantic production units and the trolley kilns that produce roof tiles. It was amazing to get out of our own little studio comfort zones and make something within a given timeframe with materials we were not familiar with.”

‘Beyond Walls’

‘Feeling the Flight’ – paper pulp and terracotta

Homes Within I’ – for Zorba the Buddha

‘Cluster’

‘Different Viewpoints’ – paper pulp and terracotta

‘Suspended’

‘Within’

‘Whirlworld’

‘Cluttered Silence’

Untitled

She shares her experience of participation in art residencies:

“I feel art residencies are a gift especially now when most artists work from their own homes and studios. It’s a great place to meet and work with other artists, interact and see what’s going on in other parts of the world. It is also a great format for some real concentrated work. One can get completely involved in one’s work, uninterrupted with no distractions or without worrying about the ‘to do’ list of our everyday lives.”

‘Nowhere to Walk’ – earthenware and iron sheet

‘Trapped’ – terracotta and copper wire, rods

‘My Little Peaceful Planet’ – stainless steel rod and terracotta

Panchatantra series – ‘The Lazy Lion and the Clever Hare’

‘Pressured Lives’

‘Jungle of Roads’

Mudita believes, that her journey has always been very experiential:

“… it was always based on being drawn to what I enjoyed doing and what I felt in sync with and that kept opening its own path. It was mostly out of instinct than a well thought out plan. In future I hope to be able to listen to my instinct and remain open to follow it…”

Read this story in POOL 80.

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