ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY
The Bystander anthology, led by the Kadak Collective, is a compilation of comic and graphic narratives designed for both print and web. It delves into the realms of geography and gender, identity and self, boundaries and exclusion, all through the perspective of the bystander. Each of the artists in this anthology has contributed a varied set of rumination on the theme, highlighting different emotions and insights. I am honoured to have been chosen as an artist to contribute artwork to the web anthology specifically centred around the theme of 'Borders'.
I chose to tell the real-life tale of my grandfather, a man suffering from the rigours of old age. As his dementia advanced to its pinnacle, his most cherished memories gradually faded away, leaving behind only a single enduring recollection. To a puzzled bystander, he is an old man with an odd habit. Through this story, I tried to unlock the mystery of my grandfather's fixation, exploring trauma, childhood, and experiences that shape us, through animated GIFS and grunge typewriter art, hinting at a not-so-pleasant past.
APPROACH & ARTWORK
I explored various styles of visuals based on the feelings I believed my grandfather was going through. s dementia often entails the loss of words, recognition, and memories, the typewriter art style resonated with the essence of this theme. Moreover, it provided an opportunity to incorporate Shahmukhi, a Perso-Arabic alphabet script my grandfather used to use in his pre-dementia years. This particular style evoked a disconcerting yet heartfelt ambiance, precisely capturing the atmosphere I sought to convey in the story.
SNIPPETS FROM THE STORY
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