Organic to mechanical, wild to tamed, from natural to man-made - The Cubbon Park Metro station emerged from a transformation of space, a space that was once inhabited by nature and inveigled people into stepping out of their tediously conducted lifestyles. This mural is a response to site which primarily focuses on the transformation of Cubbon Park itself, into the metro station. Situated at the brink of Cubbon Park and the metro Station it also acts as a connection between the outside (Cubbon park) and the inside (station). As we move down the staircase, the organic forms that are reminiscent of the natural world, transform into a chaotic combination of rigid shapes extracted from mechanisms which we construct and encounter on a daily basis in our lives.
Exploring a variety of aesthetics, media and graphic styles, Tanya Singh is a visual artist and illustrator. Her work manifests itself in the form of murals, drawings, comics, zines, posters, etc. She usually engages the public with her images through social media under the name of “The Doodle Mafia” and has reached out to many, specifically through Instagram (@thedoodlemafia). Drawing extensively and maintaining a visual journal form a large part of her practice and she also works with photography and small-scale sculpture. In her work, she attempts to provide her audience with an evocative, visually enriching experience as she aims to transform spaces through images.
Her first impressions of Cubbon park metro station were influenced by the stark difference between the nature of the metro station and its surroundings. While Cubbon Park exuded a sense of freedom and play, the metro station was clinical. Her initial ideas revolved around bringing a sense of play into the metro station through whimsical imagery and bold usage of colour. However, as she delved further into her process and welcomed other perspectives, her ideas made a slight shift. She realized the emergence of new themes such as transformation and “connecting the inside and the outside”/threshold. Hence, she chose to make a large-scale mural at Entrance C (Cubbon Park entrance) of the the station, which acts as a connector between Cubbon Park and the Station.