The transformation of the quotidian to the aesthetic, of waste and junk to an object that is collectible and possesses a sense of raw urban beauty is what artist Anju Kaushik is known for achieving in her art works that are culled out what is usually termed as ‘waste materials’. Her new works tend tends toward the sculpturesque, with a preference for high-relief surfaces and recently she has been moving towards completely embracing the third dimension. She prefers working with discarded objects, transforming them by embedding them with plaster of Paris, concrete and wood. The act of reclaiming old, rusted and discarded objects and giving them new life is particular to Anju’s practice and ties up with the contemporary act of ‘recycling’ that which is discarded in a society known for its ‘use and throw away’ behaviour. The objects challenge the idea of what is rejected elevating the object from what may appear to be part of a ‘mundane existence’.

 

Anju’s relationship with the objects is driven by intuition to reinvent the object, it is also an act of coincidence and sometimes not an entirely conscious alignment. Her works are often connected into a loose narrative, where she makes a commentary on the environment, where a fossilized fish shape is a poignant reminder of urban detritus and waste, or a mechanical object pervades over the natural landscape. A hunk of concrete is pedestalized, brushed with paint, nails, wire and placed upon a concrete bracket creating a new relationship between the disparate articles of waste.

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