It will be no exaggeration to say that Vivan Sundaram, who handed away on Wednesday, was not simply on the forefront of latest visible arts however forward of that forefront. A typical obituary wouldn’t do justice to somebody so influential for thus many and regarded as ‘the artist’s artist’. So, as an alternative, a tribute that focuses on one in every of Sundaram‘s works – in our guide, his most unsettling and highly effective work – the 2005 set up, ’12 Mattress Ward‘, (photograph above) should do.A low-lit room holding a dozen iron mattress frames the place, as an alternative of mattresses, shoe soles are positioned reverentially – and, actually, captivatingly – between a mesh. On first look, the area seems like a reminiscence of a tragedy, a grim memorial. However all context being stripped, it may very well be stays of a hospital ward, a jail camp, a military mess…. The soles and the mattress frames and the room are all Sundaram says. ’12 Mattress Ward’ reveals why Sundaram was no mere artist however an experiencist.