This project celebrates the concept of shared human experiences in the form of a book that explores conversations between the artist, Deepti Ramakrishnan, and two families in Peenya. These conversations and experiences cross the boundaries of class, caste, language and time and builds relatability by breaking the stories away from their beginnings and ends and juxtaposing them with personal memories and musings so as to create an experience for the reader rather than a journalistic documentation.
Deepti Ramakrishnan’s work is largely focused on her practice of image-making and illustration. While on the one hand she explores a certain realism through portraiture, on the other she explores abstraction and surrealism through themes of fantasy, mythology and symbolism. She has tried her hand at various different media, from pencil sketches to water colours to inked drawings to digital illustration. With an effortless ability to interact and converse with people, these interactions often find their way into her work even while being intercut with personal musings and whimsical explorations.
Deepti’s engagement with Peenya began with her interactions with a small community pocket very close to the station. She grew deeply invested in two families in Peenya, visiting them everyday, letting them try saris and jewelry on her, playing with the children and attending birthday parties. In order to recreate this experience instead of creating a journalistic documentation of it, Deepti chose the form of an creative non-fiction book that would splice together these various conversations, memories, musings and drawings and string them together such that they could evoke for her reader the experiences she had with this community.