'It is quite interesting to see that as soon as the functionality of some everyday objects ends the very moment our behaviour of looking at the same object changes'.
The series 'Taken' emerges from the flows of everyday. Looking at empty medicine packets, I realised that the act of taking medicine is a repetitive act that we encounter at some point of life time. While taking the medicine, soft touches of human hands deforms the packets involuntarily, leaving behind medicine packets with deformed empty spaces. I am intrigued by these deformations.
The works build on the existing importance and utility of medicines in our lives. It explores medicine packets as an independent unit which gets reshaped and re-explained in relation to human interactions with the same. They are composed of used and discarded medicine packets in layers of repetition to magnify these deformations brought by human touch. It plays with the notion of absent presence within the space, retaining a constant conversation with the past happenings. It refreshes that feeling of touch in the minds of the people. Hence, giving a deeper meaning to touch, a more philosophical meaning that makes humans more connected to the packets of life saving medicines, linking literal and metaphorical utility of medicines.
The existence of these packets seems negligible in our mundane everyday life. But to me, it holds a bigger space than is considered. The works reciprocate the scale of these empty packets to bring together the very common but in a different way. It encourages us to take a step back and look at it differently. Looking at it now, is not mundane any more but initiates a new aesthetic dialogue around the overlooked everyday. It procures its meaning only when it lives in the experiences of others. It is recreated every time it is experienced. The work questions our way of looking at the humdrum of the everyday.