Hometown: Puttur, India
Based in: Petaluma, California
Ashwini Bhat, an artist based in Petaluma, California, holds an M.A degree in literature and an earlier career in classical Indian dance. She studied with American expatriate Ray Meeker in Pondicherry, India.
Bhat’s work explores the deep relationship between the human and non-human, between the constructed and the inherent. She often introduces radical but somehow familiar forms to suggest the complex interplay between landscape, human, and non-human forms.
Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally in, among others, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, Cavin-Morris Gallery, Cohen Gallery/Brown University, the American Jazz Museum, the Newport Art Museum; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan); India Art Fair (India), FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum (China); Wood-fire Tasmania (Australia). Her sculpture also has been widely reviewed and featured in Brooklyn Rail (USA), Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion (USA), Riot Material (USA), Ceramic Art and Perception (USA/Australia),, Ceramics Ireland (Ireland), New Ceramics (Germany), Caliban (USA), Crafts Arts International (Australia), The Studio Potter (USA), Logbook (Ireland), and Ceramics Monthly (USA).
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