To bear to destroy.
‘Some were fed dry unhulled rice that punctured their windpipes, or were made to swallow poisonous powdered fertilizer. Others were smothered with a wet towel, strangled or allowed to starve to death or just simply left in a dust bin on the street’.
Female infanticide is the intentional killing of baby girls due to the preference for male babies and from the low value associated with the birth of females. It is closely linked to the phenomenon of sex-selective abortion, which targets female foetuses almost exclusively. In many places, ‘Girl Child’ is still a cursed word.
In my latest series ‘Partum Subvertio’- to bear to destroy, I have tried to explore the subject through a particular species of carnivorous plants- Nepenthes, known for its large pitcher or sack shaped leaves. Characteristically these plants lure, trap and destroy their prey that fall as innocent victims. In my works, I have used its organic shape, form and structure to resemble the womb. They appear as a safe haven, to nurture and protect the foetus, but are in actual fact a death trap.
The concept has taken shape through the mediums of drawing, painting, digital media, and installations.