Interventions in the form of observational drawings of site has been the crux of Ishita Biswas’s practice. She has been investigating sites through different lenses which then act as a translator of reality. Her final piece builds a cumulative narrative in the Peenya station where she is treating her site as a part of this series of experiences rather than an intervention in isolation.
Having found her initial approach of social activism to be narrow and one-dimensional, Ishita Biswas has since begun trying to translate and simplify the phenomena she observes around her, in attempt to better understand them for herself and further share her understanding with others. Observing and communicating through drawing and illustration, she talks about human life and urban conditions by summarizing them in the form of symbolic interpretations that she uses as a way to start a dialogue with people. As such, drawing is an important means in her process, as well as its end.
Ishita Biswas’s project has developed through her practice of drawing in public spaces. Through her two semesters at Art in Transit, she has approached the act of drawing in different ways, stretching and testing its possibilities and limitations. She first began engaging with Peenya by drawing portraits of people from the community and soon shifted her focus to drawing scenes and elements from the environment that she found were exciting her. The mural was completed over five weeks.