My works are my instant reactions executed by my nib gliding across the paper tracing the overt representations of my personal reverie and nostalgic recollections. The journey of my art is demonstrated by the compositional order illustrating the meditative bonding between me and my grandmother, right from my early student days at the Delhi College of Art. This exploration has included various directions and possibilities – to admire and explore the female form located in my utmost vicinity, which determinably is woven around strong familial ties.
I seek to work across genres, firstly with drawing and then with graphic mediums like Lithograph, Etching, Aquatint. I am mostly interested in constructing these delineating works on paper. Be it water color or soft pastels, I seek to explore these various mediums.
‘Nani’, a title of one of my initial series was mostly drawn around my grandmother located in his native village in Kerala. Culling moments of mundane activity performed in domestic spaces like kitchen, courtyard, bedroom, and even exteriors, Nani sits and reclines like a demure goddess. Frail and sloppy in her disposition I endeavor to exhibit these functions with the emotional charge much in face of the viewer in an attempt to savor my taste for these precise details and the linear structure.
The drawings of theater seats stripped both of their occupants and the structures and screens that
surround them are evocative of a passive public and their casual attitude. Unlike domestic structures, which are given life by the individual which inhabited them, theaters are a space for transitory viewing and potential but often unrealized engagement. The empty and abandoned space of the theater looks at the things that are left out and left behind from the public consciousness. This vehicle allows me to engage my personal losses with the traces of strangers that have come and gone, and with the unknown elements of their public lives and private emotions
The small round boxes were originally used to keep personal items, secrets and other precious things. They show signs of their use in their previous life in the form of damage to the exteriors and lids, which help to bridge the gap between their original owners and myself. I then filled them with memories that are forgotten or erased in acts of political violence. In addition to my line drawings, I have drawn on my background as a printmaker in this series to add prints and popular images. The boxes can be used to store and preserve the things which the public is not