New in Community: Bharti Pitre
Bharti Pitre is a mixed media artist who found her first love 17 years ago in the art of Papier Mache. She studied the art at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai and after her brief stint teaching illustration at her alma mater, she met her Papier Mache teacher, a visual merchandiser and freelance artist, Shri Sharad Kumar. A keen observer, Bharti has a tendency to look very carefully and sensitively at people on the road, in their homes, in the malls and in social gatherings.
It was a delight to be invited over to her beautiful house that not only houses her own set of sculptures but many intriguing pieces of art and sculptures. When looked at carefully, Bharti’s work can be known to take inspiration from her fascination with life, and those around her. They say, ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, something we are a hundred percent sure, holds true for Pitre.
“When someone takes a selfie, I find it extremely hard to look away from with the several neck or hip or eyebrow contortions. It is truly a marvellous combination of vanity and vulnerability.”
She’s done sculptures around many concepts, one of which talks about body positivity. The sculptures falling under this concept showcase over-the-top, large body masses and bright colours that leave an indelible mark on people’s minds. The bulges take nothing away from the graceful air of these figures, reminding us that our preconditioned notions of beauty could use some reexamination. The women sculptures wearing retro swimsuits represent the beauty of mid-aged women, how their bodies transform over the years, and how its about time we celebrate it rather than hide from it…
All the sculptures hold a story of their own; to Bharti they are now more like children in her eyes— coming to life and developing personalities with each passing day, just like one of her another concept project that comprise of the ‘mini-mes’ of herself depicting the various moods and personalities of Pitre.
Bharati’s work, which ranges from purely serious art to experimental and commissioned work, is part of various private collections in India and abroad. A lot of her work has been taken for an upcoming private Museum. The public art which she created for the first biennale held in Pune, is now installed at Lakshmibai Pitre Kalasangrahalaya, a museum in Devrukh, Ratnagiri district.