Bhavani G.S. was born and raised in the lap of nature in Kodagu [Karnataka]. Quite understandably, her work reflects an enduring connection with the natural world. Despite living in the city for more than 15 years, her faculties are still entrenched in the green valley. “I’ve always look forward to any kind of meaningful encounter with nature,” she says.
Her recent work is part of an ongoing exploration of Nature and it’s textures, order, structure and matter of the natural world.
Living in Bangalore, she often visit the vast, primordial jungles of Kodagu which is an inspiration. her walks or hikes are often the genesis for a site specific work, Video, painting or drawing. During her walks, she observe, sketch, photograph the organic forms that are an inspiration for her works. These observed remnants serve as connections between personal experience and finished work.
The Seasons and weather determine the materials and the concept. With no preoccupied ideas about what she will create; she relays on what nature gives to her. The images documented there have become an integral part of her work.
In Video “Journey with the River Cauvery” she has been exploring her relation with the most contested water resource of the river Cauvery and use her body to navigate the river till it reaches the Bay of Bengal. The images travel through traditional spaces of worship, contamination, rituals of bathing, washing and other communal activity. This poetic journey through the landscape has references to her earlier site- specific installations and interventions in landscapes using organic materials. This search for the self in nature is like the ever changing course of the river as she traverses through the shifting landscape of time and space.
Bhavani finished her master’s from Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishat, Bangalore in 2003. She has had her solo shows in HabitArt Gallery/Residency, “The Self In Nature”, Bangalore in 2011. 2009-‘Journey with River-Cauvery, 1. Shanthi Road Gallery,Bangalore. 2008- Whisphers Of The Woods”.Vietnam Fine arts Association, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1. Shanthi Road Gallery,Bangalore. 2006-“Image: Nature: Identity” Chitra kala Parishat Gallery Bangalore. 2004- “At The Crossroads” Chitra kala Parishat Gallery Bangalore. 2002- “Textures from Life and Nature” M.G. center, Auckland, New Zealand. 2000- “Nostalgia” Chitra kala Parishat Gallery,Bangalore. She is also a resipent of Robert Bosch grant from 1 Shanthi road Gallery/Studio, B’lore- 2009, 2008-06-Junior Fellowship From Culture Dept. New Delhi. 2005- Lalith kala Akademi Schlorship for 2005-06 New Delhi. 2003-4 Arnawaz Vasudev Schlorship, 2003- Nagarathnamma memorial trust Scholarship,from C.K.P college, 1999- Akila Barathiya Vidya Parishath Award.
Group shows in 2011-Sub-urban, the Urban Espresso Bar’s video-lounge,Rotterdam,Holland. 2010- International water film festival, Bangalore and Hyderabad. 2010-group show Pluvia, Art Lab, Bangalore etc…. She has participated in many more group shows and camps.
Group Exhibitions: 2010-group show Pluvia, Art Lab, Bangalore. 2009-Group show, Serendip gallery. Bangalore. 2009-Group show in New Delhi from LalithKala Academy. 2009- Pink Night , group show in Italy.
Image: Video still, Journey With The River Cauvery, 2009