Bhū / भू / ভূ : The act of becoming
An ensemble exhibition of contemporary ceramics
13th November to 12th December, 2021
Bhū: The Act of Becoming
A mystical word in Sanskrit, Bhū has an array of meanings. It refers to the earth, but also alludes to the nuanced sense of soil, land, region or matter as such. It also means “to be” or “to become” that brings Bhu closer to the realm of ceramic art.
In clay-based art practices, the element of touch is essential. In kneading and moulding the clay, in shaping and glazing the work, the artist’s touch breathes life into form. As the work is finally placed in the kiln, the artist must wait, not knowing how the objet d’art will appear. After the firing, it acquires a quality of its own, yet retains the tactile immediacy. The unique position of the artist in the discourse of contemporary ceramic art depends on a series of aesthetic and technical decisions made during the process.
This exhibition comprises the works of prolific and promising artists, showing a diverse range of visual languages within ceramic art. Falguni Bhatt’s practice responds to the idea of space, both architectural and a psychological. Her abstract aesthetics resonates with the meditative works of Shweta Mansingka. Minimal in form and rich in colour, Vinod Daroz’s oeuvre critically deals with the notion of ceramic as a functional art. Partha Dasgupta and Keshari Nandan Prasad explore mythology in tandem with discourse of history and of nature. Comic and poetic, Devesh Upadhyay’s figurative sculptures complement the playful idiom of Saraswati, which reveals a sense of innocence. Inspiration of nature manifests in myriad ways in the works of the following artists. Shilpi Sharma blends organic material like natural fibre, or paper pulp with clay to create lightweight ceramic sculptures resembling aquatic forms. Indrani Singh Cassime uses clay from a native lake, fires her work in her handcrafted kiln using ash from the firewood as glaze which give a rustic and sublime quality to her work. Kavita Pandya Ganguly’s organic forms show geometric simplicity, creating a meditative rhythm. Using surface to create optical illusions, Shalini Dam’s conceptual works bring in the environmental concerns within the discourse of nature.
Clay has inspired the human civilization since the time immemorial. In the current epoch, where the future of the earth is uncertain, clay stirs profound, primordial emotions in us, as residual desire for existence.