Still from fairy tale of Tepantor --2003
Since mid eighties the concerns in my work shifted from my earlier concerns of human predicament to gender specific issues. My work since then has been an enquiry into the lives of urban women and their spaces like the home space, work space cultural and social space within the society which is essentially patriarchal. I observed that objectification, ownership, commodity, hierarchies are still deep rooted within the society and surface at various stages, some times obviously, some times subtly, leading to various kinds of discrimination and violence towards women. As a result, women constantly experience a sense of fear, alienation, anxiety, claustrophobia etc. At different stages of my art practice, I have addressed some of these issues and the possibility of dealing with them. In the early 90s, the need to rearrange and stretch the visual language to address these concerns and go into a deeper enquiry, compelled me to shift my works from two dimensional space of painting and printmaking to three dimensional sculptural space. At this stage my involvement with the intimate theater of the seventies, allowed me the freedom for experimentation with time, form and space. I started doing multimedia installations. I was able to blur the barriers of different languages by using different disciplines. This led to working with moving images. I started using body as the site of contestation for addressing my concerns through performance videos.