Sushmita Man

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My works- Quarantine Chronicles, reflect the experience of the initial lockdown which happened in 2020. I was stuck in the hostel with limited people. As we followed strict rules and regulations of being in a quarantine, I tried to portray my experience through illustrations and wanted to express my gratitude that I was safe and could do what I wanted to. My hostel room became my studio and my works functioned as diary entries to document my feelings every day. I wanted to release all negative emotions that I felt during my stay at the hostel via these illustrations. Away from home and not knowing when things will go back to normal made me feel uneasy. But I had some of my juniors and friends who stayed with me in the hostel who helped me a lot in gaining confidence and I learnt a lot of new things too during the lockdown. I tried embroidery for the first time and learnt some of the techniques which now help me in exploring new mediums and work with them. This pandemic was new for everyone and is still going on but I tried to utilize my time and document some critical moments through my works. The works also reflect the change in the lifestyle which we had before and how we now had to rely on online methods to connect with people or to study.

Works

Month I

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Month II

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Sushmita's studio

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What are you going to take forward from this make-shift studio practice experience?

"My practice has never been in a particular studio and I always tend to work in the most comfortable  zone or in a small space where all the required materials are near to me. This pandemic situation kind of  helped me to work continuously and gave me the space to learn new art forms which I had never practiced  before. I am currently interested in learning embroidery and crochet works and I am trying to use these mediums in my art practice. With these illustrations I have also created my own brand - “Olpo Golpo” where I created, and illustrated calendars for the new year and I am looking forward to work on it."

Sushmita Man, Research Scholar, History of Art

sushmitaman91@gmail.com