The FEEL matters, Hand- quilted layers of Fabric, threads, Needles carved in wood, 30 x40 x45 inch
When everything seems to be changing, it becomes increasingly important to know what endures. Will shared resources always be misused and overused? Is community ownership of land, forests and fisheries a guaranteed road to ecological disaster? Is privatization the only way to protect the environment and end Third World poverty? The author of “The Tragedy of the Commons” was Garrett Hardin, in his 1968 essay argued that communities that share resources inevitably pave the way for their own destruction; instead of wealth for all, there is wealth for none.
Seeing the theory of ‘tragedy of commons’ as a metaphor to the impact of capitalist tendencies since the 1990s in India. The growing “new economy” movement that points out that our current form of capitalism, which puts the pursuit of success and profit as top priorities, is not only leading to unprecedented environmental destruction but is also increasing social inequality. Where consumerist idea of comfort rendered with endless possibilities of luxury hides the dark lining of maltreating the natural and human resources.
The installation ‘The FEEL matters’ aims to dissect that idea of comfort and luxury, which builds upon the social unjust, yet inevitably constitutes the material need of everyday life. Here, the attempt is to address the helplessness of the Middle class, where the organic sustainable products are expensive to afford, and unethically mass manufactured consumer goods remain the only possible option. The spiked quilt pierced the idea of comfort and red border symbolizes the darker side of capitalist manufacturing. I buy and I buy My blanket smells of sweat, but it's not me I lost the sense of smell to a bargain for the Dream Which neither I paint, nor I sell