This project is a journey of discovering and unravelling the structures present around us by complicating our relationship with space and shifting the way we perceive architecture. Through a manipulation of existing architectural elements using lines, perspective, colours and shadows, Devika Shah has gone through a series of artistic experiments in the communities around Peenya, building up a vocabulary of space and form before returning to the metro station for her final intervention.
Having primarily studied space and furniture design, with Art in Transit, Devika Shah’s practice began transitioning into a more fluid engagement with spaces and structures through image making. Through the act of painting onsite, she creates compositions that interact with physical sites and are influenced by them. And in return, she manipulates the realities of these physical spaces by playing with and extrapolating their existing lines, forms, colours, shadows and perspectives through the image she imposes upon the site. As such, her murals exploit a number of different surfaces that make up her site, from the walls to the floor to doors and windows, to the roads and pavements.
Devika’s explorations in Peenya began with her interactions with a small community pocket in Peenya, popularly dubbed “S10”. Coming from a background of space and furniture design, what piqued Devika’s interest were the structures that made up these community spaces. Her early intervention ideas involved integrating 3D structures with 2D imagery and given her intention to play with structure, she gravitated towards using the floor as a canvas and have her 3D forms emerge out of an image on the floor.