1. ‘Cartography is another name for stories told by winners. For stories told by those who have lost, there isn’t one’

tufted acrylic wool on hemp cloth, 130 x 300cms, 2022

2. ‘Cling to the one who clings to nothing’

(work in progress)

tufted acrylic wool on hemp cloth, 130 x 180cms, 2022

3. ‘Why does one hurt others knowing what it is to be hurt’ (work in progress)

tufted acrylic wool and metallic threads on hemp cloth, 120 x 130cms, 2022

4. ‘He was here yesterday’, gloats the Earth over Humans. ‘Today they are gone’ (work in progress)

tufted acrylic wool on hemp cloth, 130 x 180cms, 2022

5. ‘There is this stupendous thing of beauty called Compassion: and therefore the world exists’. Tufted acrylic wool on found scrim fabric 130 x 300 cms, 2021
 

6. You Will Always Be With Me I

tufted acrylic wool on muslin fabric, 110 x 120 cms, 2021

The Prick and Stitch Alliance Residency at the Standpoint Gallery was a turning point in Divys’s practise. For this end of residency show, Divya has taken an image of an epigraph or rock carving of the proto-Tamil script that is carbon dated to be 2000 years old (from Tamilnadu India) and have got it digitally printed it on muslin cloth. She then used needle punch embroidery to mimic the process of carving to trace the letters of the language and thus find a (re)connection with her ancestors and heritage that is so familiar yet so elusive. The words ‘You will always be with me’ is needle punched into the cloth reminiscent of graffiti. 

 

Divya has continued this with a series of ‘mental maps’ printed on muslin and worked on with tufted embroidery.