- Interact With Art
by Sumedh Rajendran | 2014-2015
Human beings have taken a lot away from nature in order to construct their own artificial abodes. Meanwhile, in the process of man encroaching upon wilderness, the burden has been borne by the innocent wild creatures, displacing wildlife into seeking nooks and crannies of urban landscapes.
At times people move on to different places, abandoning areas that they had inhabited earlier. These deserted places soon start deteriorating without anyone taking care of them. These displaced creatures then dwell into such abandoned places and make their homes with whatever little bit of nature they can find. For example, in buildings, we find pigeonholes due to deforestation, which has made these poor creatures lose their habitats.
One day, children passing by an abandoned house decided to pelt bricks at the windows of the house and disrupted the peaceful structure. This in turn led to the pigeons scrambling due to fear. What if the same occurred to a family living in a house with sudden breaking of windows?
Rajendran’s work highlights the phenomenon that is ever present in the urban landscape. The work shows a beautiful window in the shape of a pigeon with a glass broken in two fragments. The broken glass highlights the intent to break free from the claustrophobic existence of city life.
The shape of the pigeon along with the window and the broken glass carries an underlying message as explained by Rajendran in his own words:
“The factory was empty and shut for a long time. The kids were playing around in the grim silence of the afternoon in this urban sprawl. They were barely dressed; their faces and eyes blank. Breaking the motions of the inner particles of silence and grabbing the attention of other kids, one among them picked up a brick and flung towards the glass windows of the empty factory. Suddenly, one by one, all started pelting stones towards windows. The splitting sounds and falling mirage of glass enhanced their crystal imagination. They could see the doves flapping their wings and whirling inside. They kept on throwing. They could feel, the emptiness and humidity inside the factory transcend into a kind of happiness inside them. The distance between them and the massive structure began to reduce. Both works deal with how humans register their protest and angst and how the intriguing patterns of violence and innocence weave inside the social structure.”
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