'Every bit of plastic once created still lie on the earth surface'
This intimidating statement strongly provoked me to start working for contributing a better tomorrow. My artworks are done with plastics which would have otherwise ended up as landfill. Each piece of plastic is transformed by a combination of delicate sculptural works as well as fast intuitive color treatments to give a life to the artwork. My artworks mainly revolve around ocean life theme that showcase the impact and harm caused by plastic pollution on oceans.
Swapna Namboodiri, a software engineer by qualification and artist by passion and profession. She was born and brought up in Kerala, India. After her graduation, she worked for Infosys Technologies, as software engineer for 5 years and decided to take a break from corporate life once her daughter turned 1 year. But that was a milestone in her life, when her hobby gradually transformed as her passion. Since then, while living in Bangalore- India, she had been trying out many styles of artwork on glass/Perspex and canvas, based on different subjects and themes. She exhibited her works at few exhibitions and also parallely started using online platforms to exhibit and sell her works.
Starting from her early days of art journey she had been working with different ‘found materials’, especial plastic bottles. Back in 2013 she used to make wearable art from recycled plastic bottles. Later she and her family relocated to Qatar and she restarted her art practice there.
Online galleries played a major role in polishing her artworks and also grooming her as an artist. When each of her artworks went to a private collection, it gave a huge boost of confidence and motivation. Her sculptural artworks are now the signature works. She mention them as ‘sculptural artworks’, as this involves a lot of sculpting and painting in each of the works. Her currents works are an outcome of many experiments, and has evolved gradually from day one.
She basically work with all types of plastics. Since PET bottles are discarded everywhere, her raw material became more of that. I also use LDPE and PP (Polypropylene). She was always fond of heavy textures, and usage of plastics is now a way to get that 3D perspectives too.