I think my works mainly discuss (or show) the issues related with the public places, specially the “public walls” and how these walls are treated by the public. Actually my body of work is the mirror of society’s unwanted face. A face with which we never want to be face to face. My work brings the offender in front of a viewer and also questions about the slow and gradual acceptance of the culprit, who is terrorizing the environment every passing second. My pictorial representation is not easy to digest at once, very much like the truth and in times of subjective gimmickry and false juxtaposition of senseless, I will continue to paint the truth.
Soiled paper currency. People very often write on the bank notes. It can be a phone number or their religious leanings as Hare Ram or Jai Bhole or the train number is travelling in. They scribble or doddle on the currency notes. They do not have the awareness that they are damaging a government property. I have collected many such notes and would like to weave my paintings around these images.
A rumor takes attention about rejection of soiled currency notes by banks, in reality RBI had declared a clean note policy way back in 1999 considering crores of currency notes being damaged and disrespected.
Although it has been clarified by the RBI that banks are not allowed to reject currency with marks, this is still a point of introspection. Why should one write on currency notes anyways? I Prasoon Poddar is exploring this question trying to bring focus to this carelessness and disrespect to a nation’s property. Will stamping gods names increase the value of the note, will writing “I love you” make your love noteworthy? A very ordinary but sensitive observation has taken shape in the series of these paintings illustrating expressions on currency notes through a subtle hint of sarcasm. Collected over two years are these soiled currency notes which have become a reflection of the attitude of our society.
PRASOON CHANDRA PODDAR