When I look back at my artistic journey, one thing that has remained consistent is storytelling through illustration and most likely it is here to stay. This led me to examine the relation between verbal expression and visual expression. I am intrigued by phrases used in commonly spoken language, such as “eat my heart out”, “wearing my heart on sleeve”, “sitting on the fence” etc. I wondered that if visualized literally, whether the outcome of these expressions will be bordering on to ridiculous or bizarre. And so I started making what I would like to call “literal drawings”. However, this exercise does not stop here. My interest in working across various media propelled me to explore my narration abilities further. So I began to draw a singular subject in different media. Naturally, owing to the nature of each individual medium, each drawing differs starkly from the other, even when the story remains same. Another aspect of the multimedia approach to singular narrative was the challenge of how to tell a story without employing the usual tools of figurative and identifiable object imagery. The exercise involves analyzing the information given and information received, drawing comparisons between representations both figurative and abstract and comparing emotional responses to different versions of the same story. The examples of my ongoing study of interrelation and co-dependence between words and pictures can be found in the ‘recent works’ and ‘drafts’ section of this blog.