Congratulations to Megha Sinde winner of the Taash ke Patte student competition. A student at JNAFAU, Hyderabad, Telangana, Megha's winning artwork will be inserted into the collection featuring 54 of Indian's leading artists.
Megha Sinde - Deck of Three. This is a strong image, the object, confronts the viewer and stakes its claim, that it has a legitimacy. Looking closer we do not know what the object is. It has an element of time to it. The round faces are like those of a clock and the sepia-tone of the background suggests something that has the weight of time behind it. Looking closer we are not exactly sure what the objects reference. We can see three chapatis in the centre, possibly a stole to the left and a building to the right. These could be the basics of life, food, clothes, shelter. Intriguingly, the building has an institutional quality to it, possibly a University. Is education a basic right? Looking closer we can see the paper plate that the chapatis sit on. We are unsure of the medium, is it a painting, a photograph that has been digitally enhanced? The image beautifully plays with ambiguity, allowing the viewer to stop and think.
Laura Williams 2016