MFA, GRAPHIC ART (printmaking)
My works are related to the lives and the conditions of the commuters. Commutation is an integral part of social life of numerous people. It is related to not only a journey from one point to the other but also a journey that connotes the social and economic aspect of a person. There are multiple layers of understanding of this phenomenon of commutation that needs to be looked at. There is an anecdotal and experiential character that I try to embody in my works as the images comes out of my own personal journeys and experiences of commutation. Commuters comes from different walks of life, from different classes of the society- vendors, laborers, government officers, students, teachers and so on. They can sometimes be easily identified by their physical appearances-clothes, skin tone, physical built and other such elements.
My work referrers to the current crisis in India happening due to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. India alike several other countries in the world is facing a grave situation due to the pandemic and consequent Lockdown. Therefore, the daily commuters who used to commute for their work to different places are struggling to survive and provide for their families. Though there are some people, who are able survive in some ways, but there is large number of people who used to travel daily for their work; they are unable to get their income in the current situation.
This situation has deeply impacted by mind and my work tries to respond to this critical situation. The commuters, whom I had closely observed for a long time, many of them are now struggling to survive without any means of life they are helpless stranded in the middle of somewhere. This entire situation reveals the factor of poverty that affects significant strata of the society.