Uma Singh

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Us­ing the gods as form and glass as a medium, artist Uma Singh tries to go deep into the il­lu­sory op­tics and re­frac­tive qual­i­ties of light, mainly through sculp­tural forms that draw en­ergy from an­cient In­dian tem­ple art and folk tra­di­tions. De­pict­ing the dy­namic grace of Durga, the rhythm of the lines in Nataraj and the sim­pli­fied ge­om­e­try of Gane­sha im­age in a con­tem­po­rary lan­guage de­fine the works of this Kolkata- based sculp­tor. While she en­coun­tered the sculp­ture tra­di­tion in Konark and the tem­ples of Bhubaneswar as a girl, her as­so­ci­a­tion with glass deep­ened while grow­ing up in Kolkata, gaz­ing at stained glass in her school church and in many stately man­sions. “My fas­ci­na­tion with coloured glass had ac­tu­ally stated with a toy— a kalei­do­scope— and turned into a se­ri­ous pur­suit af­ter get­ting ex­posed to stained glass in Europe dur­ing my trav­els abroad,” ex­plains Singh. Hav­ing worked in this field for over 20 years now, she has re­cently been busy in cre­at­ing one- of- a- kind artis­tic forms in glass, com­bined of­ten with other ma­te­ri­als such as metal, stone, wood and fi­bre glass. Work­ing with both kiln- formed and cold- carv­ing tech­niques, she dili­gently tries to give shape to her idea, while try­ing to op­ti­mise the op­ti­cal prop­er­ties and ethe­real qual­i­ties of glass.

High­ligt­ing the trans­parency of glass, im­ages of gods— Durga ( be­low), Gane­sha ( left) and Kr­ishna ( top above)— find a beau­ti­ful ex­pres­sion

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