Winds of change (2017)
This piece is inspired by recent events taken place in India. Cyclone Ochkhi hit India in November 2017. A deep depression was found in the Bay of Bengal near Tamil Nadu, a state in the south of India which intensified into cyclone Ochkhi. The heavy showers and strong wind uprooted more than 500 trees, broke power lines and damaged settlements. The southern tip of India, Kanyakumari, was particularly worrisome and over a thousand people were evacuated. A hundred odd fishermen went missing and a few people even died in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The air force, navy, coast guard and National Disaster Management Authority helped rescue fishermen from the two rain-battered states.
Cyclone Ockhi also exposed the lack of preparedness by the Disaster Management Authorities as more prompt action would have saved more lives. According to Kerry Emanuel of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Nature journal, there is an increased destructiveness from tropical cyclones in the past 30 years. In his research, it was suggested that there will be increased potential of cyclones as the future warming of oceans will take place, which has since been proven correct. There is an expected increase in hurricane related losses in the 21st century as coastal populations are rapidly increasing especially in India. There is sufficient scientific evidence to prove that climate change will give rise to increased violent cyclones. Global warming has brought about melting glaciers which cause sea levels to rise which causes coastal flooding to be more severe when a storm comes ashore.
This print shows the state of nature post the cyclone which is bleak, dark and bent with no life left. The varying loops and colours on the tree represents the movement of the cyclone and the genuflection of the tree shows how the mere presence of a cyclone can bring something as heavy as a tree to its knees. The size of the third sculpture shows the force by which the cyclone hit as it managed to disfigure and in fact uproot a lot of trees.