ARTIST SPEAK

In­spired by the most ba­sic and in­trin­sic qual­i­ties of clay, ce­ramic artist Rekha Goyal ex­presses and show­cases the raw form of hu­man sen­ti­ments. Her work is a touch of mod­ern and the min­i­mal

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Ceramist Rekha Goyal on her love for clay

Hav­ing worked for 17 years on in­stal­la­tions and mu­rals for pri­vate and public spa­ces, Mumbai based ce­ramic artist, Rekha Goyal has de­signed ce­ramic prod­ucts in her own stu­dio as well as for bou­tique life­style brands, and has been a part of the ed­u­ca­tion space and projects in art ther­apy and ar­ti­sanal craft. “Be­fore clar­ity, there are ques­tions. Be­fore emo­tions, there is the tur­moil of si­lence. Clay works in much the same way - be­fore sim­plic­ity of form there is com­plex­ity of the process; of trans­lat­ing emo­tions and thoughts. This is the crux of my work to­day - chan­nelis­ing, sculpt­ing and re­fin­ing th­ese com­plex­i­ties to achieve the dy­namism of sim­plic­ity,” says Rekha.

“I re­alised that art is in­com­plete with­out ap­plied sci­ence. It’s not al­ways about just ex­pres­sion, it’s also a vi­sion about how peo­ple are able to re­act and in­ter­act with your work.”

She feels that work­ing with ce­ramic has an ad­van­tage - you need to be tech­ni­cally sound to be able to work with the medium. When I started with ce­ram­ics, I re­alised that art is in­com­plete with­out ap­plied sci­ence. It’s not al­ways about just ex­pres­sion, it’s also a vi­sion about how peo­ple are able to re­act and in­ter­act with your work.

An avid trav­eller, Rekha has been widely quoted in na­tional publi­ca­tions for her en­tre­pre­neur­ial work in set­ting-up one of In­dia’s first net­works of home­s­tays. She has ad­vised women groups in ru­ral ar­eas on gen­er­at­ing liveli­hoods through sus­tain­able tourism. She is also trained in the In­dian clas­si­cal dance forms - Bharat­natyam and Kathak. Un­like other jobs, ce­ramic puts Rekha in a spot where there is no com­fort zone. That’s the best part of her pas­sion, never any room for bore­dom, there’s only con­stant in­no­va­tion and creativ­ity.

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