Eina Ahluwalia and Srila Mookherjee will present The Art of the Vessel, a “classic fusion of form and function” at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts (94 Ballygunge Place, opposite Ballygunge telephone exchange) from October 7-10. The overriding theme is ‘containment’, which has become synonymous with ‘contentment’ for the artist.
“Contentment is to feel contained — within one’s self and within another person’s acceptance of yourself. In that sense, containment is contentment,” says jewellery designer Eina, who has explored the theme through various vessels in the past. Bottles, amphora, eggs, doors and urns are all forms of containment that she uses in this exhibition too.
The urn or lota is significant because it’s here that the “remains of our material self or our ashes will be contained,” adds Eina.
For artist and glass blower Srila, anything that contains is a vessel and she has explored the idea through glass shells, “bowlders” or boulder like bowls, nests and some lighter, delicate pieces that Eina has fashioned into jewellery. Materials used include buffalo horn, ceramic, semi-precious stones, sterling silver, brass and glass.