Aditi Aggarwal. Every image and object contains an inherent meaning. Putting many objects together may lead to the creation of a unique, new meaning. The attempt is to capture the noise, speed, time and duration of the urban experience articulating spaces of both anxiety and dysfunction.
The experience of working on this series was to explore the possibility of allowing the image to lose it’s meaning under the weight of the spectacle. While working on it, I took the liberty to work freely, without a preconceived narrative or a definite meaning. Abstracting both time and space, the process involved creating a style of free association in order to create a sort of ‘compositional gibberish’. The technique of cutting and pasting materials together has played an essential role in the formal resolution of many works. The fragment can be a bit of a newspaper or a theatre ticket, a found object or a readymade one. The fragments themselves propose a dislocation in time and place.
The images take off from the photos I clicked at the house named the Red Brick Residency at Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata, while others were collected from the Internet and local newspapers and magazines. The images created are heavily invested in the exploration of materials with rice papers of varied transparency and translucency. To me, the creative process synthesized the disciplines of painting, drawing, photography, and collage into a cohesive whole. The images are also an over flow of information of sorts, conveying multiple viewpoints simultaneously, in an attempt to communicate the intensity of the city.
My work is derived out of an awareness that we live in multiple frames of time overlapping with each other, and the works are a product of time. The attempt is to live by participating in all the time frames.