ASHWINI BHAT: ORIGIN OF SPECIES

Opening Reception April 6, 2019 3-5pm

Artist Talk April 7, 2pm

April 6 – 27, 2019

Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Alive 2.0, 2018

Fired and painted clay

4h x 12w x 3d in

AB011

$ 750.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Alive 1.0, 2018

Fired and painted clay

6h x 12w x 4d in

AB010

SOLD

Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Alive 5.0, 2018

Fired clay with natural ash glaze

6 1/2h x 10w x 5d in

AB014

$ 750.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 1.0, 2018

Fired clay with granite and mud dauber nest and natural ash

6 1/2h x 12w x 2 1/2d in

AB008

$ 600.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 2.0, 2018

porcelain, wild clay, granite and sandstone

7h x 6w x 2d in

AB003

$ 525.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 3.0, 2016

Fired clay with feldspar and natural ash

5h x 7 1/2w x 2 1/2d in

AB004

$ 475.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 4.0, 2018

Fired clay with feldspar and natural ash

5h x 5w x 3 1/2d in

AB005

$ 475.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 5.0, 2018

Fired clay with two kinds of sandstone and glaze

7h x 5w x 2 4/5d in

AB007

$ 425.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 6.0, 2018

Fired clay with mud dauber nest and metal and glaze

7h x 5w x 2 4/5d in

AB009

ON HOLD

Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Garden of Earthy Delights 7.0, 2018

Fired clay with garnet schist and sandstone and glaze

5 1/2h x 6 3/4w x 2 1/2d in

AB006

$ 425.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Beginning is the End 6.0, 2018

Fired and painted clay, with glass and garnet media and glaze

8-10 in diameter

AB023

$ 750.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Beginning is the End 2.0, 2018

Fired and painted clay, with glass and garnet media and glaze

8-10 in diameter

AB019

$ 750.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Beginning is the End 3.0, 2018

Fired and painted clay, with glass and garnet media and glaze

8-10 in diameter

AB020

$ 750.00

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat

Beginning is the End 1.0, 2018

Fired and painted clay, with glass and garnet media and glaze

8-10 in diameter

AB018

$ 750.00

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Press Release

Exhibition Statement

This body of work, comprised of five serial sequences— Origin of Species; Alive; The Beginning Is the End; Ghost Print and Garden of Earthy Delights— provokes reconsiderations of our assumptions about human nature. Although the animal kingdom arose from single-celledancestors through an evolutionary surge of genetic material, more than fifty percent of ourgenome, the human genome, is shared with very first animal. Many contemporary conflictsderive from distinctions we insist exist between races, between animals and humans, and between ourselves and others competing for the same resources, but the genetic pool emphasizes our relatedness, how much we have in common, blowfish and ballerinas, gila monsters and gurus.

 

The show introduces radical but somehow familiar forms that ask us to re-examine Western assumptions about species hierarchy. We encounter a bestiary in which traces of the human and traces of the animal linger in imagined bodies on the brink of being born.

 

In order to explore the deep relationship between the human and non-human, between the constructed and the inherent, I continue to expand my technical approaches to surface, shape, and composition. After firing, I cold-finish sculptures using an array of techniques including spray-painting, glass and garnet amalgamation, and sandblasting in order to build out layers, to accentuate the complex connection between the sculptures and the body in transition between recognizable incarnations. The work, begun in long-term reflections on the interdependency of species, incorporates earthy material that is fired and subjected to various post-firing processes.

 

The exhibition integrates my sense of our current environmental exigency, recent genetic science asserting the relatedness of earthly life, and a philosophical and ethical concern for the implications of our conjunction and commonality.

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