Tripathakam (3 parts of a flag)
Glazed stoneware ceramic, polished steel, meranti wood, lighting fixture, light bulb.
830mm x 260mm x 80mm
About the work
For Fels, we introduce Bharatanatyam Hands - a series of 5 sculptural, free standing lamps that combine Anousha’s distinctive reptilian ceramics and gestural hands with a robust, polished steel and meranti wood structure. Bharatanatyam is a classical dance originating from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and one that Anousha practiced as a child. The shapes of the ceramic hands are depictions of different traditional Bharatanatyam gestures - or mudras - and act as a form of documentation to her relearning of them.
Created alongside a series of paintings where female hands emerge isolated from the ground, Bharatanatyam Hands visits her frequently depicted character of a Snake Maiden as delicate, scaled hands sit atop the wiggled edges of their metal foundations and reflect Anousha’s interest in the female characters of Indian folktales who hold magical powers of transformation or liberation.