Growing up in a family that passionately encouraged art, theater and singing, ceramist Shirley Bhatnagar was introduced to clay when she joined the design college, which lead to opening a new path for her in the field of ceramic art.
“Art is an indispensable tool to communicate with others, it has the power to transcend differences in culture, language, thoughts, and can communicate the contemporary aims and
situations of humanity,” believes the artist. Being a ceramist, she believes that it takes years to develop ease and technical skills with this medium. Ceramics is the most ancient medium known to man, and
for thousands of years man has been shaping all sorts of objects from it.
For her, the collective energy of art and its historical context once you are connected with, fuels the creative process. Shirley’s inspiration comes heavily from comics, movies and fiction. Her current body of work “series Anthropomorphic” takes cue from these mediums. Th e ancient pottery of the world is also her muse, where human anatomy was used as a reference to create objects of daily use. Her works play on this theme or idea. She aims to take these ideas and shape them with a contemporary twist.