SOUMAVA DAS
BFA , PAINTING
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The entire scenario of homemaking and as a collective self how a homemaker appears, is a complex area to look into. Since caregiving at home is not a paid job (the concept of acquisitive home seems unreal in this society), homemakers (mostly women) are not, directly, a part of the global market. Sometime it seems that it came from the concept of gender-based labour. The mentality we understand through the term 'working mother' (a mother who works to earn money), as if when she works at her home, she does not 'work' at all. As the difference between working place and private space had become prominent according to market affiliated labour, these issues become more complex. "If she is not at home whenever she is working, then, since she works only at home----she is not at home when she is at home.”

     I am looking at the Bengal's scenario regarding these issues. All these direct towards a lot of visuals, deeply rooted to the colonial understanding that manifest how much the 19th century’s Bengal adapted the visual signs of colonised India. I have been trying to address those signs which are still there at present time in different forms, in today's changed family structure how the home makers are being looked at and how the families, residing in those colonial-buildings, are perceiving the space.

   Memory-mapping (measuring the living-space by footsteps or by other body parts, from memory) by some of those homemakers, is a crucial part of my entire practice which leads towards reconstructing the space from their memory. From the family archives of those residents to visual elements of Battala prints, come often in my work as important cross-reference.

    We go through several layers of private and public relationships. In this age of post-truth, there are multiple interfaces of reality of an image. When a British painter recreates a Kalighat image or an artist arranges an artificial set in his studio to portray a homemaker, those images manifest a manipulated truth. To some extent, I have been trying to accumulate the personal experiences of those homemakers in a pictorial space.

WORKS

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Title - Untitled iii
Medium - Water Colour on Paper
Size - 60 x 72 inches
Year - 2020
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Title - Untitled i
Medium - Watercolor,ink,dust colour and water soluble charcoal on agriculture waste handmade paper
Size - 24 x 18 inches (each)
Year - 2020
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Title - Untitled iv
Medium - Watercolor and dry pastel on agriculture waste handmade paper
Size - 24 x 18 inches (each)
Year - 2020
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Title - Untitled ii
Medium - Watercolor,ink,dust colour and water soluble charcoal on agriculture waste handmade paper
Size - 24 x 28 inches (second, fourth and fifth )
12 x 10 inches (first and third )
Year - 2020
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memory mapping of house I by home maker I
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memory mapping of house II by home maker II