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ELEMENTAL

26/10/2022

Kashmira and Bharat Patel are partnering this October with Fusion Arts to bring us Elemental. An exhibition of manipulated photography and organic form ceramics that speak to the ever changing elements of our surroundings. Bharat blends his skills as a travel and documentary photographer with his imagination to create provoking and surreal images that depict recurring dreams about Oxford. While Kashmira plays with clay to find spaces of energy and strength portraying elements of the earth that she feels are already at play in her present. The combination of one artist's contrived and imagined futures and the other’s organic reality makes for an interesting and holistic conversation around the elements which is both grounding and stimulating.

Bharat explains…

Through blended images, I explore how Oxford would be imagined by some of the millions of visitors and even the residents of Oxford in their dreams: a confusing interplay between time and location in the city of Oxford. Many of them imagining what might happen to Oxford by the Thames River if the global levels did rise sufficiently to threaten life and livelihoods.

Kashmira describes her work…

I love to work with my hands - infusing life and strength into the ceramics I create. I go with the 'flow' and like to play with the clay and let it take form with shapes and textures which are organic and tactile. I want to use clay as a means of expression for me, helping me to connect with the elements of earth - soil, water, air and fire.

The Elemental Exhibition will be on display at 95 Gloucester Green in Oxford, OX1 2BU from the 21st October until the 4th November, free and available to visit Wednesday- Sunday 11am- 5:30pm.

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