Terror, fear, marginalization are not the words, which we have come to know recently. The two world wars, the postcolonial hangover, and lastly the terrorization of rebel societies have crumbled the life of the common person. We have come to reside at the edge of marginalization.
The socio-political structure seems to regulate our steps. The works of Priyanka Lahiri is eloquent about the voices of the millions, which were silenced by the threats of terrorism, physical violence and disillusions of life.
Lights always hit the figures from top, which emphasizes the angst spilling out of the painting. The faces are either away from light or are very pale. The anaemic situation described by proficient use of yellow, which indicates the infertility of the field of humanity.
Reminds one of the poem Hollow Man by T.S.Elliot .The mechanical existence of human life generated by gradual squeezing of life sap from within, and without. The work Please help me to raise my voice, annotates a wish to raise one’s voice but not the will of doing so. As if the viewer would do it for him. This visual paradox created, makes the viewer empathize with the protagonist. In the fable of death,
the beheaded fish stares back. As if it says, did I not look the same when I was alive?
The gaping eyes which come in Unfortunate Reality and Traumatized Childhood does not communicate at all ,but indicate a claustrophobic situation which may be choking them. Thus she prays to the lord like the last lines of Eliot’s Wasteland, for peace, in the work please save us to the lofty and serene image of Buddha,which is the only place left for man, to still fall back for peace.
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's work is available on www.aakritiartgallery.com