The Greater Grief, 2021

Harmeet Rattan

Clock, Natural pigments, Acrylic on canvas pasted on board

The artwork represents a broken mirror that provides a shattered reflection, much like today's reality when discussing the worsening gender ratio. In a developing world, the proportion of women and men in the population is suspiciously low, reflecting great neglect of women. Excessive female mortality is a universal phenomenon common to all ages. The pendulum shows the aspect of balance or the lack of it while comparing a tough stone to a delicate feather. The clock represents a weaving of emotions that a person goes through when they lose someone they love. The clock also shows that it is happening every second.

About the artist:

Having been born into a family of artists in Punjab, making art was an integral part of Harmeet’s upbringing. After completing his master’s degree in Sculpture, he is currently working as a freelance artist.

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