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Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India is a collection of interviews of artists and designers from across India, whose art is ecologically sustainable and made from recycled items. With the help of photographs, we have compiled the artwork of some of the best-known and most talented names in the field of recycled art, as well as the creations of some bright new artists. With this collection, we hope to increase the awareness of artists and art lovers alike about the importance and potential of environmentally friendly art and design. The world is changing rapidly. According to the Copenhagen Diagnosis in 2009, carbon dioxide emissions are at an all-time high, and the average temperature of Earth is rising at an unprecedented rate. And will continue to rise. As a result of this global warming, sea levels are rising, natural disasters are becoming more and more common, and the ecosystems are undergoing serious transformation. In addition to the global warming crisis, our planet’s natural resources are being used at a faster rate. With developing nations becoming leaders in industry, the consumption of both renewable and nonrenewable resources worldwide is increasing as well. In the face of these enormous environmental concerns, we must ask ourselves what our planet will look like in the future, and more importantly, what role are we playing in this change.


increased emissions of carbon dioxide, and the overuse of resources. One response to these growing environmental problems is Recycled Art and Design. Recycled Art is a movement that seeks to create sustainable artwork from materials that have been previously used for other purposes. There are many artists and designers in India who are a part of this movement, who seek to change the way we view art and our own footprint upon the environment. By practicing recycled art, these artists not only save their materials from ending up in landfills, but also reduce the need for art supplies that are made from valuable and limited resources. Beyond the environmental impact, the final creation of recycled art is not just a singular piece of artwork, but rather a deep, complex story that forces the art enthusiast to think not only about the work’s present form, but also the intertwining pasts of every reused item in that one work of art. The smallest ingredient of a recycled piece tells a narrative, and has an association to its past. A talented artist can manipulate those narratives to get a new message across. This historical aspect of recycled art gives the artist much scope to play with the feelings of his audience, in a way that is quite unique.

India is changing as a nation and culture. And this change brings with it a whole new set of environmental implications. Whereas, in the past, it was considered culturally inappropriate to throw away excess or unwanted food, today, food waste is a fairly commonplace occurrence, especially in hotels and restaurants. Previously, there were few items that came packed in plastic wrapping; now, everything from milk to produce comes individually packaged. Cultural changes such as these are turning India into a throwaway culture.

This book is a collection that hopes to inspire the reader to rethink how he or she looks at trash. We hope to bring out the potential in what is cast aside, and to teach our reader to value the resources that are all around us. This is the type of thinking that can bring change to our throwaway society. Please enjoy the work of these talented artists.

It is often the role of the artist to remind people of the state of the world, and of the responsibilities that mankind has as stewards of the environment. As India evolves, art is also changing in response to the

Robin Passi


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Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India  

Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India

Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India  

Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India