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 gives her the freedom to wander inside her own mind and nurture her imagination. The humble paper, thus, is 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 papier mache technique to explore the myriad textures and forms of the animal kingdom in her sculptures. They are finished with pages from books which, 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, taught herself to be a Visual Artist and is an avid traveller. 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.