The protagonist of an urban project is its public space, the place where the collective reality of the city is produced. It serves as urban material that provides a response to various social, aesthetic and collective needs. The ‘Metro’ is one such aesthetic that is laid on the map of Bangalore. More than a subject, it becomes an object of the city. Not only an object of transit but also that of aspiration, future, development and aesthetic. The city then becomes a model of form and function where public spaces act as physical artifacts reflecting and representing the city’s identity. And the aesthetic of a public space does not only remain within the notion of beauty and taste but functions dynamically. It curates the space, adds meaning to it, critiques its social processes and provides a code of conduct to the space.
Natasha Sharma situates her practice at the crossroads of art and design. Her outcomes are a combination of artistic instincts translated through design methodology to cater to the public in various forms. Drawing from an eclectic pool of interests, she has worked in several different media, from product and furniture design to packaging to graphic art and illustration to installation art. Natasha has recently begun focusing her practice on the dimension of tactility, narrowing in on product, furniture and object making. The themes she engages with lean towards interactivity and play, material research and development, social experiments and storytelling.