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Ashwini Bhat

Artist's Work


    Work introduction

    I’m not interested in creating a perfect object— if what defines an object is our
    removal from it. Instead, I’m searching for gestural links that emphasize what we
    share with the non-human world, how we are related not only to animals, but to trees,
    for instance. The awareness of our relatedness has ethical implications as we
    recognize that we, ourselves, are not masters set apart from everything else, but living
    communities of different organisms affected even by the inanimate world. I want my
    art to materialize a personal environment in which the suggestively biomorphic
    volumes of my sculptures engage the viewer— so tactile apprehension leads to
    recognition, to contemplation, and to moments of exhilaration. If I’m not making art
    with some awareness of what is at stake in our time, I wouldn’t want to be an artist.
    Ashwini Bhat, 2020

    Artist Biography


    Ashwini Bhat, an artist based in Petaluma, California, holds an M.A degree in literature and an
    earlier career in classical Indian dance. She studied ceramics with American expatriate Ray Meeker in
    Pondicherry, India.
    Bhat’s work explores the deep relationship between the human and non-human, between the
    constructed and the inherent. She often introduces radical but somehow familiar forms to suggest
    the complex connection between the sculptural and the human body.
    Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally in, among others, The Lacoste/Keane
    Gallery, Cavin-Morris Gallery, Cohen Gallery/Brown University, the American Jazz Museum, the
    Newport Art Museum; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan) India Art Fair (India), FuLe
    International Ceramic Art Museum (China); Woodfire Tasmania (Australia). Her sculpture also has
    been widely reviewed and featured in Brooklyn Rail (USA), Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion
    (USA), Riot Material (USA), Ceramic Art and Perception (USA/Australia),, Ceramics Ireland (Ireland), New
    Ceramics (Germany), Caliban (USA), Crafts Arts International (Australia), The Studio Potter (USA),
    Logbook (Ireland), and Ceramics Monthly (USA).