Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine
Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
I was always inclined to the arts. While growing up I used to dip my hands and paint the walls. Sketching on the walls of the house used to be a common practice. My
parents had a positive outlook on that and often encouraged me to continue with my creative side as a child.
I pursued studies in interior architecture at Pearl Academy. I loved architecture and never considered exploring arts professionally. After interning with a design firm, I
realised my passion lay elsewhere. I joined my father’s firm as a design head, but I kept feeling incomplete until I began painting and I realised how it made me feel
complete. This led me to decide that all I wanted to do was paint full time and it has been three years since.
I use painting as a medium to communicate the occurrences in my surroundings only to realise it’s much more than that. I feel my art is very in the moment. If I’m
feeling very content, the colours and my strokes will reflect that. My colour palette and theme of work are also inspired by my travel. What I feel at that moment is
probably the feeling of being infinite and I tang that up with my travel. I’m also trying to get something which is intangible to my ground and try to tie it up with my
How you and your service is helping society?
My works communicate my journey as a Jain girl in society and the experiences of Indian women. I use art to empower women and make them feel good about
themselves. This is reflected in my ongoing series ‘Emotional Oasis’ where my experiences as a woman from an underrepresented Jain community speak for all the
women coming from the same society. It highlights how my journey toward becoming an artist involved support from my parents and friends. I advocate for the
same kind of support for every girl so she can realise her potential. Additionally, my work also focuses on Indian women and their insecurities with
appearances which is reflected in my series ‘Bosom’. The series is a celebration of women who come with smaller breast sizes and how society deems them
unattractive. Beauty standards have always changed throughout history and no two people will ever look the same, so I empower women by portraying the beauty of
their bodies. Works like these have helped them feel positive about themselves and contribute to self-love. Although some of my works were created during a difficult time in my life,
they aim to evoke positivity.
What is the USP of your work?
My USP is my art technique which involves one brush stroke technique that incorporates different colours in a fluid motion which is pleasing to the eye. The
painting technique aims to take a viewer on a journey through optimism as they encounter different stories and experiences within.
My colour palette often consists of a lot of positive vibrant colours. I feel that my canvas is my happy place, and I only want to fill it with colours which make me
happy. There was a time when I created so many pieces using blue. Nevertheless, I have also tried to incorporate other colours because I’m in a completely different
space now. My work also reflects my journey as a woman and my experiences which I translate into something positive and beautiful. This has helped many women feel good about
themselves and empowered them in life to pursue what they love.
What are your mission and vision?
As an artist, this is what my mission and vision statement is for my career: Mission: I aim to keep encouraging myself and others around me to keep trying in
life and accepting oneself as one is. This also includes spreading positivity along with awareness of certain feelings and emotions. It is my goal to empower women to
pursue their passion and not give up on their dreams even if they would end up getting married and having kids.
Vision: I would like to have a solo exhibition in New York City and communicate stories through my art on a bigger platform. I would also like to collaborate with
fashion houses. I want to become a Jain girl who is making her mark on the world.
What are your achievements in the industry?
My debut show was one of my greatest first achievements in the industry. I had the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise in New Delhi and the
event had a footfall of about 250 to 300 people. I was an amateur, however, the viewers saw a lot of potential in my work and procured some of them. As an
emerging artist, it was the most exhilarating experience of my life and it was a great milestone at that point in life.
Ever since then, I have widely exhibited all over India, the U.S.A. and the U.K and each experience was the most exciting one. I received wonderful feedback from many
women who found my works relatable and inspiring which helped me realise my ambition every time.
I recently commenced my gallery ‘Yes & No Art Gallery’ where I had the opportunity to conduct a solo exhibition which followed the concept of identity. Visitors viewed a
curated selection of my works from each series and enjoyed the overall experience. I still have a lot to look forward to in the future, but these achievements have helped me
become the artist I always wanted to be.
Does your work ever feel tedious to you? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated toward it?
My work doesn’t seem tedious to me, I love to paint which is where my comfort zone is. However, there are times when I’m unable to paint for several reasons and during
that time I indulge myself with other activities like travelling, meeting family and friends, learning a new skill or just going out for a coffee by myself. It’s like taking a
break and then somehow when I feel like I haven’t painted in a long time, I’m overcome with the urge to go to my studio and start painting my heart out.
The experiences I have during an artist’s block fuel me with a lot of ideas which eventually lead to my paintings that talk about them. As an artist, I believe that it’s
necessary to take a break to feel fresh and start doing what you love. Art only becomes tiring when you have no inspiration.
What are your hobbies and specific interests other than your profession?
I love travelling as you can see from my paintings which document the beauty of the areas I have explored. This includes my love for trying different cuisines and
adventure sports like camping, mountain biking and sometimes hiking. I also love going to concerts and listening to music and dancing always gives me
good vibes. As an artist, I love attending exhibitions and meeting new people who tell me about their inspiring journeys. This motivates and influences my journey as
an artist and the works that I create. My hobbies have invariably contributed to my work in the most beautiful ways.
You have achieved so much in life, any specific advice you’d like to share with our readers?
A simple word which I’m trying to make my mantra in life is ‘Consistency’. It is extremely important to be consistent with what you do, whether it is art or
something else. There were times when I just couldn’t focus on painting and didn’t paint for almost a year because I was so overcome by negativity in my life that the
thought of ever painting again in life repelled me. Although I wanted to paint, I kept telling myself that I would start the next day, it never came and the year had passed
in vain. We should keep in mind that there is no tomorrow and we must do what needs to be done right now even if it means a small stroke on the canvas.
I would also advice people to stop giving in to their thoughts. We spend most of our time imagining scenarios and making assumptions which wastes a lot of our time as
it manifests into something negative. There is no better way to achieve success in life than taking action right now.
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