A short and sweet end-of-year interview with Pune-based sculptor Bharati Pitre, who works with paper mache, clay and natural binding and creates surreal, sometimes hyperreal work. I've been fascinated seeing every piece she has made this year, and am glad she took out time for this Goodbye, 2020 interview:
How has this year been for you?
Did you learn anything new this year?
I learnt how to make pasta from scratch and took to watching television which I never did in the past.
What was your routine like during the pandemic?
cook wash clean bathe wash eat wash clean cook wash eat wash sleep clean wash bathe eat.....
What dish did you cook the most in 2020?
What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome this year?
To not fret if there is no help.
What was one of the moments you were most proud of this year?
I became a grandmother!!
Who really enriched your life this year in a big way?
My grand daughter Sanjana.
The nicest thing you did for someone in 2020?
Massaged and bathed my grand daughter.
The book that helped you the most in 2020?
My recipe book
The song you heard on loop this year?
Khamaaj by Coke studio
Favorite film/TV show of 2020?
What's a lesson that this lockdown has taught you?
To downsize and to get rid of the clutter. You don’t need much to make you happy.
What is one question that you found yourself asking over and over again this year?
What should I cook for this meal?
A recent epiphany you've had?
All that matters is your inner circle of few people. What brings happiness is to create and be surrounded by art. To be close to nature and animals.
What’s your number one bucket list item for 2021?
To sculpt undisturbed and give life to all the bottled up ideas.