Designer, Artist & Entrepreneur combining digital fabrication & hand craftsmanship

Ruchika Grover

Founder and Creative Director of

Odyssey - Abstractions in Stone & ANOMA

Ruchika Grover is an Indian artist who works primarily with natural materials. Her diverse oeuvre, spanning surfaces, sculptures, and installations, combines the complexity of digital fabrication with the humanism of traditional hand-craft. Her choice of subjects reveals an investigation into the wonders of the natural world and establishes a critical commentary on man’s relationship with the inner self. 

Grover is a self-taught artist; her interest in stone, primarily, blossomed at the age of 14 when she began travelling with her father, a stone merchant, to rock formations and quarries. These early experiences formed the cornerstone of her understanding of materiality and craftsmanship, eventually pushing her to establish Odyssey in 2007, a design studio focused on creating small installations and custom fabrications. During the subsequent years, Grover expanded her repertoire beyond hand-crafted products, launching a series of digitally-manufactured stone surface collections – the Crosta (2012), the Kinetic (2013), the Breathing Surfaces (2014), the Ishi Kiri (2015), the Aqueous (2016), and the Foliage (2017). In 2017, an intention to bring the tactile nature of Indian craft to the forefront of the global discourse led her to launch Anoma. The brand, directed at the contemporary international market, celebrates innovation in digital design while staying true to local Indian artisanship. 

Grover’s work has been exhibited at leading art and design shows around the world such as the Scope International Contemporary Art Show, Miami (2017), and the Architectural Digest Design Show, New York (2018). They have also brought her widespread international acclaim and recognition: the Elle Deco International Design Award (2015), spots on the shortlist of the Surface Design Awards, London (2016, 2018), a Coverings Installation and Design Award, Atlanta (2018), and the Perspective 40 under 40 Art Award, Hong Kong (2018). 

Grover currently lives and works between LA and New Delhi, constantly exploring the immense potential of natural materials through research, development, and investment in the latest technologies. 


 

AWARDS

Perspective 40 under 40 Art Award,  

Hong Kong, 2018 (Winner, Ruchika Grover

Coverings Installation and Design Award,

Atlanta, 2018 (Special Recognition, Puritsu) 

Surface Design Awards,  

London, 2018 (Finalist, Kheer)

Surface Design Awards,  

London, 2016 (Finalist, Kinetic and Ishi Kiri) 

Coverings’19 CID Awards,

Orlando, USA (Special Recognition, Kona )

SCULPTURES

sva drishti, 2018 (48 inches x 48 inches)

 

The Bodhi, 2017 (51 inches x 48 inches,  108 inches x 48 inches)

 

The Continuum, 2016 (73 inches x 96 inches,  53 inches x 48 inches)

 

The Anemone, 2016 (72 inches x 40 inches)

EXHIBITIONS

India Design ID, New Delhi

February 2019

Architectural Digest Design Show,

New York, 2018 

Scope International Contemporary Art Show,

Miami, 2017

COLLECTIONS

The Foliage, 2017

 

The Aqueous, 2016

 

The Ishi Kiri, 2015

 

The Breathing Surfaces, 2014

 

The Kinetic, 2013

The Crosta, 2012

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