Priya Sundaravalli presents her work exhibited in the Transformation art exhibition of the Auroville Festival at India International Center, Delhi, September 14 – 21, 2012.
“These works are inspired by the Aboriginal concept of altjeringa or dreamtime, where the past and the future coexist in the present moment. Nature, life forms and our common ancestors from the ancient past, guide the texture and imagery. Clay as a medium aspires to manifest weightlessness, transparency, and a quiet beauty.”
Priya Sundaravalli Sudharsan, a medical doctor and biomedical engineer, received her training in ceramics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA, while pursuing a doctoral degree in industrial engineering. She moved to Auroville in 2002 where she joined Flame pottery studio. In 2009, she returned to the USA for advanced training at the Greater Lansing Potter’s Guild, followed by an apprenticeship with Jicarilla Apache master potter, Felipe Ortega, at La Madera, New Mexico. Since 2010, Priya has been working independently in Auroville and participated in several shows. Her first ceramic solo was in March 2012 at the Pitanga Cultural Centre, Auroville. In May 2012, she was invited as an Emerging Artist to the East Lansing Art Fair in Michigan, USA.
Towards 108 and Beyond – Meditation on 9 and 12
Over 2m long
“This installation comprising of over 108 objects is inspired by Life in the under-sea – the source of all life on the planet – and aspires to reveal a glimpse of its diversity. This work was created while meditating upon the numbers 9 and 12, whose spiritual significance as given by The Mother is ‘New Birth’ and ‘Double Perfection (spiritual and material)’, respectively.
Each object has been handcrafted out of stoneware clay, glazed, and fired at over 1200 ̊ Celsius in a wood-fire kiln.”