GLASS FILLED DREAMS

India Today - - CHENNAI - By An­jana Palepu

When An­jali Venkat was 10, she saw how ban­gles were made and she was in­stantly en­thralled. As she watched the way the glass was heated and bent to make per­fectly round shaped ban­gles, she knew then she found her pas­sion. Since then, this once Chen­nai-based artist has spent over 25 years work­ing with glass as a medium of self-ex­pres­sion.

Known for her work with post con­sumer-glass, An­jali Venkat has trans­formed dis­carded glass bot­tles into works of art and util­ity prod­ucts for over 25 years.

She re­turns to Chen­nai, for an art ex­hi­bi­tion.

Her lat­est col­lec­tion—aptly named Al­te­real (Dream­ing in Glass) fea­tures her take on na­ture. “Na­ture, like glass, has al­ways been my in­spi­ra­tion. Over the last few years, I have found my­self drawn to the cir­cu­lar shape and this is my take on leaves, the earth, wa­ter, light, shad­ows and more,” she says. The high­light of her col­lec­tion is that all the glass that has been used is all re­cy­cled and dis­carded glass. From bro­ken win­dow panes to shower glass, each shard of glass has been in­di­vid­u­ally sourced. “Ei­ther I source the glass I work with, or peo­ple drop it off at my stu­dio,” she adds.

This col­lec­tion has been done over a pe­riod of six month and fea­tures 18 stun­ning art pieces that range from wall in­stal­la­tions to wall hang­ings. Some of the larger pieces com­prise over 1000 pieces of glass, in­tri­cately as­sem­bled to­gether. With vivid colours and tex­tured hues, she aims to use post­con­sumer glass to trans­form so­ci­ety’s un­de­sir­able waste into some­thing that is aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing.

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