Plastic (Un)Aware

Shraddha Bansode . MA Fine Art

Plastic is a part of our everyday lives. We consume and we discard. Accumulating in hundreds and thousands, plastic stagnates in open bins on the streets in India. It has turned into a source of food of the abandoned bovine beasts. A parallel reality to the daily lives led by people around. This consequence is a result of multiple cultural, political, religious and environmental happenings in the country. My focus is on the animal, the material and their relation to one another. I am taking this everyday plastic, recycling the numerous discarded bags and fabricating it into a textile by using heat. The process involve tearing the bags (by hand) into bite size piece. An action intimately related to eating food, mirroring the act of the cow eating the plastic.

What started as recreating one example of one bull eating 300 plastic bags, is now a representation of the plight of many cows and bulls succumbing to this foreign inedible element. I have focused on creating a strong visual link to the colossal amount of plastic that is consumed by these creatures by sculpting the plastic textile into the stomach of the animal. A piece that began by mimicking the shape of the organ, aims to communicate an abstract aesthetics pleasing to the eye yet unsettling the mind. I have given these objects a "life" with a personal interpretation of the sound from inside the stomach, combining the strange yet familiar noises of the digestive process mixed with the alienness of the plastic inside. Moving but trapped.

Standing apart, my memories, in fragments act as a guide to understanding the culture, religion and its connection to the cow. Filled with miniscule details that envelope and construct my feelings for the rituals and the habits, the words are carved into the same plastic textile that suffocates the animal. Through these explorations, I hope to evoke questions to our habits and consumption practice which enable capitalism.

Shraddha Bansode

Shraddha Bansode is a space designer and an artist from Pune, India. For the past few years, she has been focusing on working with bamboo, wood and metal among craftsmen and architectures in Indonesia, Bhutan, Mexico and India. Her craftwork, sketches and illustrations reflect upon her interest in working with minute details which intrigue the viewer. For her MA Fine Arts project, she continues her explorations and experimentations with materials by transforming the everyday (reused) plastic bags into a unique textile and sculpting it. Through this created textile, she hopes to draw attention to our habits, our choices and their consequence.