Wheaton Conversations: Anjali Srinivasan & Alexander Rosenberg

Wheaton Conversations: 
Anjali Srinivasan & Alexander Rosenberg

Watch the Jan. 7, 2021 recording above

Watch this Wheaton Conversations event as artists Anjali Srinivasan & Alexander Rosenberg discuss their recent projects shaped by environmental concerns, scarcity of material and sustainability, share innovations around teaching glass during a global pandemic, and their interest in glass-like materials and processes.

This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” a new virtual series highlighting select artists with ties to WheatonArts! To see the full schedule of conversations, Click Here. 

Closeup of Anjali Srinivasan working on Inflorescent Rhapsody at Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo by Ashley Birkman, 2018
Anjali, Inflorescent Rhapsody at Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo by Ashley Birkman, 2018.

Anjali Srinivasan’s background in creative practice stems from collaborations with traditional glass artisans in India since 1998 on research and design initiatives aimed at socio-economic empowerment. She studied Accessories’ Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, holds a BFA from Alfred University, New York, and completed her graduate studies from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. Anjali’s studio processes focus on developing ways to discover, access, and restructure information held in a material. She makes self-eroding objects that remain unfulfilled and incomplete without human intervention. Her studio promotes socially responsible glass design and studies how material imagination speaks to creative empowerment in a sustainable manner.

Anjali lives and works between India and the United States as an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and as Director at ChoChoMa Studios in Bangalore. Her current artistic research is invested in notions of “biological craftsmanship” and “crowd-created” entities, and her pedagogical efforts seek to overthrow various implicit biases that lie within glassmaking practices.

Closeup of Glass Artist Alexander Rosenberg carefully shaping clear glass on the end of a blowpipe.

Alexander Rosenberg is an artist, educator, and writer based in Philadelphia. He received a Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT and a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design. His artistic practice is rooted in the study of glass as a material, in conjunction with broad interdisciplinary investigation crossing over into many other media and research areas. 

Alexander pursues his practice with artist residencies, teaching, performances, and exhibitions locally and internationally. He is the recipient of the 2020 Proctor fellowship, the 2012 International Glass Prize, and a 2019 Awesome Foundation Grant, The Sheldon Levin Memorial Residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, A Windgate Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, the Esther & Harvey Graitzer Memorial Prize, UArts FADF Grant, and the deFlores Humor Fund Grant (MIT). He has attended artist residencies at RAIR, The MacDowell Colony, Wheaton Arts, Urban Glass, Vermont Studio Center, StarWorks, Pilchuck Glass School, GlazenHuis in Belgium, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Worcester Craft Center. His writings are published in Glass Quarterly Magazine, The Glass Art Society Journal, and the Art Blog. He was a founding member of Hyperopia Projects (2010 – 2018), headed the glass program at University of the Arts (2010 – 2017), and was an artist member of Vox Populi Gallery (2012 – 2015). He was cast on the Netflix Series, Blown Away in 2018 and currently teaches at Salem Community College.

Banner images: Pretium Certum Constitutum, Alex Rosenberg, 2016.
Small quiver bowl (eggshell series), Anjali Srinivasan, 2010. 

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