It was around late August or early September last year, in my studio in Baroda, that I started playing with simple white paper, thinking of its other uses. I started rolling it and tried to make some two or three-dimensional pieces. Making these cones became a part of my daily routine. I would try to make as many as I could in different sizes, arranging them and clicking. The idea comes from the fact that sometimes you can hear people shouting on the loudspeakers as they pass by, and unwilling you end up listening to them. Similarly, in life, each individual is always shaped by the conditioning voice of the group he/she belongs to. The holes in the photos portray the attitude of a person always wanting to shout about his or her own greatness, often a futile attempt. The cone also symbolises society’s voice, which is something one has to keep hearing time and again.
(Shreya’s Karle’s works are on view at Art Konsult, Hauz Khas village till January 10)