All works: Gouache drawing on archival digital print
Size: 57 x 42 cm
Photographs : Lisa Haymes
My art practice, over the years, has focused on the concept of the voyage, its transformations, attachments and associations, especially when place interconnects with memory and identity.
In 2009 I travelled in Rajasthan when in residency in Udaipur.
My daily walks provided me with multiple scenes of everyday life such as the markets with the vibrant colours of the vegetables displays, the hand made baskets, cooked food and also the brightly coloured saris worn, with great elegance, by the women. The streets felt like they were Indians’ second home, busy with the crisscrossing of pedestrians, auto rickshaws and cars. Food seemed to be an important part of the daily routine with restaurants and streets food vendors cooking on the footpath or pushing along large or small carts. The workshops were open onto the streets, from tailors, jewellers to cobblers.
And overlooking the town busy life, the palaces with their imposing presence, glorious architecture and rich designs; glaring contrasts between life on the streets and their own opulence. Apart from the crisscrossing and the entanglement of the electrical wires, a reminder of the present time, it felt like moments frozen in the past.