Work in progress

Unspoken Words


A spoken word is better than those which are kept within the heart. Madhvee’s fascination with the concept of ‘sonder’ has inspired these works. The series Unspoken Words is based on the artist’s conversations with self and others. Intimate emotions revealed in handwritten notes are like ‘confessions of a soul,’ which were only meant for personal consumption, and were never to be shared in their purest form. The diversity of these conveyed feelings are melancholic and have an exclusive intricacy. The photographs investigate the power that lies in the gap between what is spoken and what is unspoken, vis-à-vis the medley of influences it creates.

Agglomeration of such unspoken words is always present in the form of silence, often unknown to the outside world. In reality, it isn’t just absence of something; It is the presence of many things. Madhvee has allegorically used these writings in persuasive photographs to show the impact of such quietness on our body and the body’s way of coping with the physical pain these unspoken words inflict.

Unspoken Words # 01, Photograph on Archival Paper, Dimensions Variable, 2018
Unspoken Words # 03, Photograph on Archival Paper, Dimensions Variable, 2018
Unspoken Words # 04, Photograph on Archival Paper, Dimensions Variable, 2018
Unspoken Words # 05, Photograph on Archival Paper, Dimensions Variable, 2018
Unspoken Words # 06, Photograph on Archival Paper, Dimensions Variable, 2018
Unspoken Words # 08, Photograph on Archival Paper, Dimensions Variable, 2018