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Style in Vogue
Swarupa Shah
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“In Gujarat someone consciously decided to construct the other and then organize its ritual murder. Someone else consciously decided to...”
Being a mother of a 3-year old child and experiencing the change in the self/ individual in terms of space and time, allowing it to shape up my practice of being an artist, I have kept myself alive as an artist by allowing these conditions to dictate my thought process, methodology, choices, resulting in a kind of detouring from my earlier works towards newer areas and idiom which I think might not have been successful in attempting otherwise.
With the fragmented pattern of time I had to fall into, led me to experiment with media that would quickly construe the images wherein I took to photography and computers. I clicked pictures/ images desired and started using in my work. Thread/ embroidery came into my work very naturally. It came initially as a device signifying joining, repairing something undone. Later on the embroidery/ weaving into a pattern in itself became a language.
The child being the major pre-occupation, the world became a distant place... books, magazines, newspapers became the means for information, links to the outer world, wherein I started quoting text. Text started working as an image parallel to the painted / photograph image.
In the outer world, co-incidentally there were not very pleasant things happening with the onslaught of natural disasters -- earthquake disrupting human life leaving behind irreparable consequences on one hand and on the other hand a breakout of a communal violence in the city I live in. The latter being a very horrendous incident leaving bloodbath in the state (Gujarat). Quoting “In Gujarat someone consciously decided to construct the other and then organize its ritual murder.
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