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Earthy festivities

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 21, 2013
First Published: 17:37 IST(21/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:11 IST(21/10/2013)

Fascinating sculptures, candle stands, vases, floor lamps, urlis, murals, jalis and artworks on canvas, mark artist and pottery designer Anju Kumar’s ode to the festive season.

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Her annual pottery show — Earthen Aura that opens today will experiment with shapes and lights along with retaining their earthy-ness. “Be it the murals, sculptures or the vases, each piece gives you a very earthy feel,” says Kumar.

“Since the time of the exhibition overlaps with the festive season, I have combined lights with intricate jaali work,” she adds. The closest to the artist’s heart are the Buddha sculptures at the show. “Since I’m into meditation, these sculptures hold a different meaning for me. They portray a feeling of serenity and give a meditative feel,” she says. A highlight of the show will be the Ganeshas in different avatars and moods. “With Diwali round the corner, I have done a lot of Ganeshas. There are Ganeshas as tall as six feet and all of them are very dear to me,” she says.

Ideal for home decor will be the murals at the show. “I have played with the concept of back lighting to get interesting shapes. The rising sun, use of lotus motif, and the murals bring forward an interesting concept.”

Her works also involve use of a lot of colour, be it the majestic beiges, antique gold or vibrant burnt crimsons. “Most of my works depict a fine blend of aesthetics with functionatily as some of the vases have jaali so that one can use them as floor lamps as well,” she says.


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