I totally love Mudita Bhandari’s work, a sculpture artist from Indore. I had the privilege of chatting with the very talented Mudita on the phone, where she shares some snippets of her work.
Unlike other clay artists, she does not focus on functional pottery. Her work is focused on sculptures used to decorate spaces: be it homes, offices or schools.
She also enjoys working on commission projects that allow her the flexibility to showcase her style. For example, she designed the cultural section of a school in Indore drawing inspiration from the Panchantantra theme. Together with students she designed the art studio dotted with ceramic plates and other forms of clay art.
She prefers to work with her hand, using pottery techniques like pinching and coiling. She works with materials like terracotta and paper pulp for her work. On the rare occasion, she opts for the potter’s wheel to create some sculptures.
Mudita has a background in Fine Arts from Shantiniketan University where she specialized in Ceramics. She also holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Baroda University.
Her work gives consideration to her fascination with space. The energies and auras of the space around are reflective in her work. She often draws inspiration from people and experiences, and this echoes in her work at an abstract level.
Some of her pieces from the 90s reflect old buildings and markets, from the cities where she studied: Shantiniketan and Baroda respectively. She says, “my works have walls and layers”, and this depicts so well in her work.
My personal favourite is her work from 2009-2011, where she moulds clay into unique shapes (using the coiling technique) to create cool wall installations.
Her art is sought after by art collectors and art lovers and she exhibits in several galleries in India: Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad to name a few.
Admire her work at www.muditabhandari.com
And follow her at @mudita.bhandari