A highly prone area,
They came in one night,
To pluck a flower and take away,
Deep inside. Unbearable.
But told they were to keep calm.
Gulp the pain,
Do no more harm
But too sure that keeping calm
Would cause more future harm
So armed and backed by force and men
Set out another night
They went to the other side,
And planned to pick some flowers.
Did the job,
Came out white.
Left the place in orange light
DECAPITATION, 2016, JACQUARD WOVEN COTTON, WOOL AND ACRYLIC(10.5 ft x 3.2ft);
Decapitation is a Jacquard woven piece. This piece is narrative and metaphorical, relating to incidents of beheading that take place on the line of control every few years. This artwork illustrates a garden that has been uprooted and set to destruction in the dark night. These plants have overgrown so much it feels almost uncomfortable. As a part of my process, I create these illustrations while going back and forth between
viewing to news clips about these incidents and interviewing my father. The news articles and interviews thus become a way of processing my subject matter. Jacquard weaving helps bring to life this imagery due to its inherent repetitive quality and dimensionality. This cloth is
subjected to after treatments of discharge. The carefully selected threads that interlace to weave this fabric demonstrate strength and
durability even after undergoing the harsh treatments of chemicals. It is symbolic to the strength and courage of these soldiers. This work pays homage to those who lost their lives in these terrible incidents. It is also a reminder to those sitting on the Chair, to take a call towards peace - Aman Ki Asha (Hope for peace).