Can you even see us, mezzotint print from copper plate printed on gypsum
co-existence, woodcut carving print on gypsum
elephant in traffic jam, linoleum print on gypsum with java plum seed plant
walk together, woodcut carving print on gypsum
Can you even see us
Can you even see us
I have been working on this series of works and the project is titled " helplessness" where I started to document my journey from point A to point B and started observing people who were living helplessly on the streets. This project started because of health issues that were triggered due to the toxic use of inks and solvents used in the printmaking department and in addition to that pollution in Delhi is/was beyond measurable standards due to which the health issues got worsened and then I was bed-ridden for about 3 months and started seeing things differently, became more sensitive and felt an extreme amount of empathy for people suffering in some way or the other in the helpless state so I started to talk to them, made few arrangements also for them, and documented the project and put it online and tried to share it and exhibited the works at many places and the response I got was fulfilling in the sense that after seeing the exhibition, people use to message or call me and say " now when we stop at red lights or, going by some lanes in the city, then it reminds us of your works and there's a behavioral change that has come which earlier was being careless, ignorant and being insensitive, but now some of the viewers of my work actually try to make some time for social cause and upliftment of the people living around in inhuman conditions which is always great.
So now I am working in new directions and learning and researching more about the kind of work that I wish to do, as attached in the images of work, you will see elephants, and I have just started working on these social and environmental issues, like for me in the earlier project helplessness, the tipping point was my medical condition so I consider my works initially as autobiographical and then organically it takes me to the raising issues in the society that I feel should be the epicenter of conversation and discussion of our time. So for the new works, my tipping point was "the death of a pregnant elephant" which died because she accidentally ate a pineapple that was stuffed with explosives to keep the wild boars away from the field(I mean how can you even justify any of these circumstances be it the elephant or the boar) and This happened last year in May 2020, I was away from home in the US and I do not know what happened to me but I remember weeping after thinking about the baby elephant inside her womb which was killed inside only due to this brainless and cruel decision of the owner of those land/field. I mean living in this hi-tech world and how can we not even manage to co-exist and justify the killing of that mother and child post the incident and that is why I will dedicate my new body of work to raising this concern of co-existence and finding more sustainable ways of living together and not barging in the natural habitat and destroying it eventually by raising vertical constructions for the posh living experience I mean how hypocritical and cruel it is. First, we destroy the natural habitat of these animals, and then we dare to justify their killings by saying that "they(animals)" came into our house.
through my works and the concept I just wish to make this simple statement that when a bee or housefly or for instance a lizard comes near to your house wall then you probably shoo them away instead of killing them. right? so why cannot we find better and profound ways in this age of technology where WE all can co-exist peacefully.
Initially, we use to work with toxic inks and solvents in printmaking that is hazardous to health and I have often seen people using too much paper that results in wastage so I had to come up with new alternatives but keeping the intricate details intact so then I started experimenting with cement and gypsum. Tried in different directions and got a few successful results while working with gypsum which now I understand in terms of ratio and viscosity of the ink and getting better with more experiments. So now I am developing this new body of work where I am making gypsum bricks and single mold gypsum pots with prints from wood carving, linoleum sheets, and copper/brass matrices and trying to save paper as much as I can.
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my body of works and art practice reverberates with the theme and the ideology behind the price where it says "A Better Life, A Better World, "Through my works the common thread that runs through the whole project is to live in a better world and find more profound ways of living a better life.
through my works, I pitch to use better imagery with better and eco-friendly material and make this world a better place to live in. Rest, I will let the works and concepts speak for themselves.