My collection of work presents how our thought processes have changed overtime and highlights the theme of human thought processes in the 21st century. I explored this theme because I was always fascinated with the uniqueness of our thought processes; inevitably they were what made us human and that is what I wanted to share with the world.
I tried to depict the thought processes of not only myself as a teenager, but also of the communities and societies that exist around me. I have included the influence of technology in most of my pieces because it is strongly associated with the workings of human thought processes today.
My works reciprocate the thorough exploration of three media: print, sculpture and painting. They reflect the use of a good range of textures made with variety of materials including salt, thread, m-seal, leaves, clay, cellphones, batteries, remotes, watches, chargers, etc. ,and vividly distinctive color combinations which stimulate the audience to ponder over the meaning behind them. I began to practice with acrylic then
moved on to oil, followed by clay and m-seal and ended up with Photoshop. I have frequently used abstract art because that is the nature of our thoughts. I developed all the pieces keeping the audience in mind, tried to use the most appropriate symbolism to communicate my personal observations.
The placement of the art pieces shows the development of our thought process, from historical considerations to self-realizations. They engage an audience to experience their thought process come alive and sit in front of them. Through the collation of these pieces I want the audience to learn about the various shades of our thought process and how they are affected by the forces around us.
My first piece in the display, History Over Tea, was inspired by Artemisia Gentileschi and Lady Gaga; depicting development of the world through fashion. I used fashion as means because I believed that would make an easier connection with the audience. I tried my hand at chiaroscuro in this piece. I also wanted the audience to ponder over the thought processes of the two ladies who were depicted with contrasting color combinations – warm and cool, from two completely different eras and how would their conversation commence.
The second piece, 3 Wise Balloons Revised, was inspired by Van Gogh’s brush strokes in Starry Night and Gandhi’s Three Wise Monkeys (as known in India). I wanted to depict the influence of technology on our sense perception and reasoning. I used balloons to show transience of trends and Gogh’s brush strokes to depict the continuous influence of technology.
The next series of three, positioned next to each other, were inspired by the chapters in my psychology textbook and are the reflection of my thought processes. I used Photoshop to make these semi-abstract pieces. I wanted to share my experience of transitioning from teenager to an adult. These pieces have alien characteristics (monochromatic colors, irrelevant symbols) to look more inviting.
The following series of three pieces was inspired by terrorist and criminal activities in the society specifically Paris and Mumbai attacks and in our mind. I used oil, m-seal, acrylic and metal to make these abstract pieces. I wanted the viewer to reflect upon the conflicts that we face, not only around but inside us. I used the same colors in all three because I wanted the audience to make a connection and hence, placed them next
to each other.
The last three pieces, (sculpture, installation and wall painting) depict self-realization through reflection, answering the previous series.
Through, Freedom Of Speech, I wanted to depict being confined to a peculiar way of thinking. I used 8 different languages because each reflected a community who was judged through stereotypes. I wanted the audience to rethink about the stereotypes they have. This piece positioned right in front of the first, “I” For Change, I wanted the audience to consider the use of e-waste and reflect from all that has been
already done, in order to make a better tomorrow.