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Having called the vibrant and populous cities of Mumbai and Pune home, Janaki Lele witnessed closely the ingenious utilisation of ever-scarce resources to their fullest potential. The vast openness of her current home (Australia) gave her the freedom to wander inside her own mind and nurture her imagination. The h… Read More
Having called the vibrant and populous cities of Mumbai and Pune home, Janaki Lele witnessed closely the ingenious utilisation of ever-scarce resources to their fullest potential. The vast openness of her current home (Australia) gave her the freedom to wander inside her own mind and nurture her imagination. The humble paper, thus, was an obvious choice of material for this self-confessed obsessive recycler.

Paper exhibits a duplicity of fragility and flexibility which is why Janaki works with two distinct techniques. She employs the traditional paper mache technique to explore the myriad textures and forms of the animal kingdom in her sculptures. Their finish with pages from books, imparts a dreamy character to the animals. On the other hand, she hand cuts sheets of paper into in an intricate and often layered investigation of her surrounds and the human mind.

Lele was born in India, studied to be an Architect and taught herself to be a Visual Artist. She has exhibited at some reputable venues in Sydney, before recently moving to Adelaide. Her art has been held in several private collections in Australia and India. In 2014 she had an installation of her paper sculptures along the beloved Bondi coast for Sculpture by the Sea.

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