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See but don't break

If you are tired of seeing your image in your bedroom mirror, take a walk across the glass exhibition in the city to admire yourself on delicate glass

Be it glass, dust, turmeric or coffee, she can turn all these into something meaningful. Contemporary artist Anjali Srinivasan has the vision to transform the mundane into pieces of art.
 


"I am inspired by the threshold of perception and like drawing people's attention towards the insignificant and the invisible by playing with their perception," says Anjali, who has received her degrees in glass sculpture and digital media from Rhode Island School of Design, New York State College of Ceramics and Alfred University, New York. Step into her ongoing exhibition, Depths of Field, and you will know why it is called so.

"Depth of field is used in photography to direct the focus of the viewers on certain objects. The 10 works in my exhibition define exactly what your vision deals with in an art work," explains Anjali.

If you explore her works, it will be impossible for you to miss the pink-peach glass dress, which she donned at the inauguration of the show.
 
She blew the glass, melted it and molded it to fit her body. "I was fascinated by the optical phenomenon in Sheesh Mahal, the palace of mirrors in Rajasthan. I wanted to create a portable form of palace through my dress," says Anjali.



She flooded the private constellation room of Apparao Gallery with 520 glass balls to give it an appearance of a ball room. You can see multiple reflections of yourself in the surfaces of 3 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch balls crowding the room.
 
There is also a wall lined with rows of 8 feet long papers folded to hold turmeric and coffee dust. The dust falls on the floor to emit fragrance when one pulls the string attached to the papers.

"The idea behind it is to make the audience interact with the art and not just watch it passively. They have to destroy it to create the art," signs off Anjali.

Where Apparao Galleries,
St Mark's Road
On till December 31
Call 9686112075

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