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THROUGH THE EYES OF A COLLECTOR
Group Show

February 3, 2017 - February 28, 2017
Saturday February 3, 3 - 5pm




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Artwork

My journey as an artist has been a vigorous interrogation in search of form. My background is in literature, translation and classical dance. Now I gather shapes from the world around me, from travel, and from my journeys through books. I also look inside myself for forms and I translate those into bodies of clay.

I hand-build with coils or work through solid clay blocks, scooping clay to create negative spaces. Although trained in wheel throwing, I became a hand-builder by choice. The slowness allows me to internalize forms, intensifying the physical process. I'm passionate about form ó mass, volume,
material ó and tectonics and movement, and my work celebrates the earth from which itís derived. I find it poignant that even in transformation, as clay turns to stone, the process of making ó a fingertip depression, scrape, or dent ó remains legible. My work isnít prone to ornamentation; nevertheless,anagama-fired sculptures with natural-ash and gritty surfaces communicate signs of both decay and perseverance. I want my sculptures to invite viewers to walk around them, to interact with the revealed and the hidden.

- Ashwini Bhat
Ashwini Bhat

Matrikas
22 x 4 x 3.5 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

The Realm of The Hungry Ghost
22 x 6 x 6 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Tactile Language
7 x 22.5 x 8 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Garden of Earthly Delights 2
7.5 x 4 x 4 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Garden of Earthly Delights 1
6.5 x 12 x 3.5 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired