This project aims to create a spatial map of Peenya, where the walls of the station act as a permeable structure, bringing experiences, visuals, signs of life and textures from around the station into it. Akshaya Zachariah creates her map such that it evokes curiosity and an element of surprise for viewers as they navigate through the station.
Through her journey of developing her practice, Akshaya Zachariah has explored several different forms of visual media: from graphite to charcoal to watercolours to illustration to photography to muraling. Her work evolves from medium to medium as she combines various techniques to suit her needs. Her work tries to capture the essence of daily life, recording conversations, activities, spaces, textures, colours and several other forms through which daily life evidences itself, and further translating these elements into artistic forms that can then re-evoke the experience itself. As such, her work involves observation through drawing and photography, and interaction with people, the spaces they inhabit and the activities they engage in.
From the beginning, Akshaya’s engagement with Peenya has revolved around capturing and recording traces of life and human activity. She began recording Peenya through photo walks, capturing people, buildings, activities, textures, colours and residues. Her project used photography as a primary tool, that she then digitally edited and had printed in various forms that could enter the station. Her final project in the station included ACP printed cut outs that represented the environment and community around.