College of Art, New Delhi
This series called ‘Everyday Me’ works like a daily journal in which the portraits with text carry a phrase, a word, or a question, covered in different layers. I use newspaper cut-outs consisting of texts and cartoons, thereby building a bridge between personal and political thought processes. It allows thinking of the relation between the inner and outer, I and the other; and the horizon where they both meet! The work comprises three series of drawings – Swing, Blink- Blank, and Noise of Silence (each series of drawings has been developed into a Gif separately). These have been developed from drawing self-portraits in ink on paper, as continuous shots. Each of the drawings breaks down to a certain expression, like a swing of the head, a blink, and a scream. They freeze time that occurs between moments, like capturing oneself in the middle of a thought and then observing and questioning those thoughts. Later, as an experiment and an urge to create movement in the drawings, I extended it into an animation.