This photographic series is an exploration of self-portraiture, that took shape amidst the confines of the 2020 lockdown. Representing a pivotal shift, it marks the first time I directed the camera towards myself, utilizing only the materials available at my home.
Within each self-portrait, two distinct influences converge: personal memory and a fascination with body forms & the materiality of cloth. These elements converge, forming sculptures of flesh and fabric. The guiding force behind this creative process is memory itself, shaping how I depict the physical form and imbuing it with deeply personal meaning.
With the absence of the face, I focus my attention toward the interplay of colour, form, and the textures that make up the photograph. This deliberate omission fosters a more contemplative exploration of the body as a narrative landscape.
One striking focal point that emerges throughout the series
is the saree. This distinct draping style without a blouse, pays homage to a pre-British era in India, evoking a sense of timelessness reminiscent of ancient stone sculptures.
Through personal association, I delve into the transformative properties of the saree as a conduit for storytelling, examining the ways in which fabrics can reveal emotion, carry symbolism and convey cultural narratives. Each fold and drape of the saree becomes a brushstroke in a larger tale.
In essence, this series of self-portraits embodies identity, memory, and the power of textiles to communicate stories that transcend time and space; while reflecting the intersection between self and the material world.