‘Creating with Ceramic’ is an exhibition of ceramic art by 9 contemporary ceramists from Bhopal, who share the common belief that contemporary ceramic works are the result of a free and creative elaboration of innovative technologies.
The exhibition features works of Devilal Patidar, Arti Paliwal, Neeraj Ahirwar, Jagdish Malviya, Leelamani Pillai, Kalu Ram, Nidhi Chopra, Girija Waingankar & Ishteyaq. Although each artist follows their own visual expression, their works have a synergy of materials & techniques. Their works exuberate freedom of vision and their curiosity and search of experimentalism.
Devilal Patidar is a senior ceramist who focuses on creating new forms. Inspired by nature’s myriad forms around him, Patedar explores creative forms as though they were an extension of nature itself. Nidhi Chopra is also inspired by nature and explores on imaginary natural forms.
Simplicity and the routine of the environment inspire Leelamani Pillai and Jagdish Malviya as they depict playful school children, a dancing girl or just a group of villagers in discussion. Arti Paliwal explores contemporary ideas in her ceramics and takes up more serious issues of relationships, alcoholism, chaos and many more. As we view her works sincerely narratives unravel itself.
Neeraj Ahirwar is playful with forms in his works. He juxtaposes and unites small units to make a large one symbolic of the creation in the universe.
Girija Hemant plays with geometric patterns on flat plates producing bright, vivid and contrasting colors in red and black oxides. Ceramist Ishteyaq also predominantly uses red oxide in his works apart from manganese and pigment obtained from soaked wood. He depicts the closeness of man and nature through his wall mounted and other works.