Mezzotint Print by Tarun Sharma
70 Years of Waiting for Help
My works are initially autobiographical in nature. It is kind of a first- hand documentation of my immediate reactions on the change in surroundings in the form of passive drawings, paintings, prints, installations and videos.
I have been working on some recent projects like “observing patterns of addiction” , “Arcs of Relationships” , “Helplessness- a common thread running through our society” and “Relationship with space and time”.
The most recent of all is the project title “Helplessness- a common thread running through our society”, which includes my interpretation of the after effects of going through a traumatic experience in life (here, I was bed-ridden for 3 months completely, couldn’t move a muscle). Even after I recovered I found that I was more empathetic, sensitive and more observant than when I was moving from Point A to Point B. I started to reach out to people and started listening to them, how they ended up on the streets without food, clothes and shelter which makes you question your own privileges.
Understanding art as a tool for social responsibility, helps you in understanding the politics of the land, it makes you question the administration and most of all what can be done from your individualistic approach.
Through this project I intend to make the viewer notice the small and very little instances of ignorance in our lives towards each other, and this growing lack of empathy and care and this increase in schadenfreude in our society leading to a helpless state.
From the series, “Helplessness- a common thread running through our society”
Mezzotint Print from a Copper Plate on Hahnemuhle Paper
Framed under Glass