GLASS FILLED DREAMS
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.