© 2017 Copyright Madhavi Kolte. Designed by Therefore Design

 philosophy 

 
 

“We don't inherit

the Earth from our ancestors.

We borrow it from

our children."

Art to me is a visual diary of my thoughts and experiences of life. There is so much around me that touches me or moves me and compels me to share them with my fellow beings. To me, we all living beings are blessed with the ability to sense our surroundings and feel them. My art has always been my tool to spread awareness about my social concerns in a positive way. Honestly, they are not only my concerns but concerns that we all should be aware about and my art is doing the needful to enlighten the viewers.

ABOUT THE ArTIST

I was born in 1976 and grew up in Pune and Mumbai. During my adolescent years, my father, a distinguished lawyer and a judge, quit his state functions to devote himself entirely to social activism. His unwavering commitment to the defence of civil rights has given me an exacerbated sense of social responsibility and the knowledge that my actions and creations can be an impetus to and have meaning for the betterment of society. My father further encouraged me to gain spiritual discernment and mental balance and to use them as the primary guiding forces in my life.

 

During those formative years, I met and trained under my guru, Mr Bal Wad, former director of Camlin, a distinguished ceramicist and painter. Mr. Bal Wad gave me the tools and techniques to hone my passion for clay. More importantly, however, he encouraged me to understand my chosen medium of expression in order to give full reign to my ability to materialise thought into earthen creations. For though I had, by then, completed a degree in Law, I had also become aware that I wanted to use Art as my primary vehicle to contribute to society. This desire was spurred on initially by witnessing the very real, ugly and dangerous transformations that have been taking place in my home town. Particularly sensitive to my surroundings and the environment, in the course of my short lifetime, I have seen and deplored the rapid degradation and destruction of Pune’s natural environment, and with it, a growing disregard for Mother Nature's gracious gifts.

 

Quite early on, I joined demonstrations aimed at protecting Pune's trees. More recently, I formed a collective that is committed to educating individuals and communities to seek and implement sustainable solutions to the overwhelming problems of our waste-inducing lifestyles. 

 

                  artist's statement

"For mother earth does not need us.

We need her."

My ceramic creations spring from the same core as activism - the necessity to share the harmony and perfection of the always changing natural world;

the desire to stimulate others to recognise our vital interconnectivity with Mother Nature; the passion to transmit the fine balance and infinite variations that are part and parcel of the process of creation - above all the meditative state that accompanies my own creative process and that, I believe, is a key to rediscovering our rightful place on the planet: that of respectful coexistence with all living beings and heightened appreciation of all natural elements.

 teaching experience 

1998 - 2000

Fine Arts Department, Rewachand Bhojwani Academy, Pune

 memberships 

2014 - 2017

National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts, USA

 

2012 - 2014

Potters Council, Ohio, USA

 collection 

Arti Kirloskar, Pune

Praful Chandawarkar, Pune

Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Mumbai

Floodlight  Foundation, New Delhi

Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, New Delhi

Daugavplis Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia

 AWARDS 

Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation,

State Award for Ceramics, 2018

 environment protection 

I have been contributing to the cause of environment protection since my graduation days and creating awareness about its protection has been my primary objective through my art. Presently, I have focused my work around sustainable living practices beginning with myself. My endeavour is to grow the clan of people who live sustainably.

residency 

Sanskriti Kendra

Anandgram, New Delhi 

2015