An artwork by Kolkata girl Srotoswini Sinha has been featured in a set of cards created for UN COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Glasgow.
The Turn It Around Cards, composed with the artwork and policy suggestions created by young visionaries aged under 25, were created by Arizona State University, in collaboration with UNESCO’s Futures of Education Initiative, Artists’ Literacies Institute, and Open Society Foundations.
Srotoswini Sinha. Student
Srotoswini, a fourth-year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, came across the Turn It Around Cards initiative on social media. Her Nature vs Man series includes 10 artworks created in 2020. It is based on the misuse of nature’s gifts and their consequences. The third artwork of the series was selected for the deck.
The 21-year-old girl from Kestopur works with ink, charcoal, acrylic and digital prints, and is interested in photography and photo manipulations.
“My works are based on real-life incidents, memories and situations which are merely reshaped or reorganised and rearranged parts of the real world slightly distorted. Working with monochromatic tones is as fascinating as with colours. Every tone has a different mood --- red in my work expresses the sense of a dangerous scenario, while black or something dark is death. The monochromatic tone of my card is the darkness that the actions of the humans are slowly leading us to, and the red is signifying the danger of its consequences. Being a selected and published artist in COP26 is a huge milestone in my career. The idea of pairing artwork with a prompt is unique and has given writers and artists equal exposure,” said Srotoswini, who is majoring in Art History.
The entire deck of Turn It Around cards is available online.