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Papier Mache, an unconventional and dying art, regains popularity with artists like Pune-based Bharati Pitre, who use it to showcase their creativity. Bharati stumbled upon it after a ten-year hiatus from work (she taught illustration at her alma mater, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, from 1983-85 and also freelanced for advertising agencies) and she was eager to dapple in an inexpensive form of art. A chance encounter with her teacher Shri Sharad Kumar, a visual merchandizer and freelance artist, introduced her to this art form and then there was no looking back. Her work, reflects her urban upbringing Ñ whimsical yet realistic and bold. Ordinary everyday people and situations are metamorphosed into extraordinariness as she moulds them to life. She has participated in shows such as India Art Festival, Mumbai (2011) and Mohor Pune Biennale Art Festival, Pune (2013). However, she held her first solo art show What a Wonderful Life at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai in December 2013. By re-inventing this art form through emulated large bodies, small heads and rounded edges, Bharati pays homage to the asymmetric and larger-than-life aspects of the world.
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