Printed with white plastisol ink onto white linen.
Noxious weeds can possess a beauty despite characteristics that might include toxicity, the ability to strangle plants, or starve them of light. There may even be the capacity for the weeds to reproduce rapidly, and to cover large areas. Regardless of these attributes, regular adornment of brightly coloured flowers and pleasant scents gives these weeds an appearance of attractiveness.
This juxtaposition of death + beauty I see to be metaphorical of two things: the femme fatale, a mythical woman who lures men to her with beauty, and, conversely, of sex-trafficking within India; women are often lured with promises of marriage, or of a job cleaning in a big city, yet they are sold to madams of brothels, who in turn sell the women to perverted men.
Throughout the year of 2012, I resided on the out-skirts of a large red-light district in Kolkata, and incidentally the issue of sex-trafficking was a concept I chose to portray through juxtaposing an evil trade, against the beauty of simple and clean textile designs.
The noxious weed that inspired these collections was the Deadly Nightshade, or belladonna (beautiful woman).
This textile collection was rendered from hand-drawings, which were then screen-printed onto linen.