“Since the time I can remember, I have always associated myself with art. It could be of any kind (like the ubiquitous art in our culture). Art to me, was a constant pursuit I sought everywhere I went. Growing up in a regular middle-class household in Chennai, my parents never put a deterrent to any of my dreams. I was always left to do the things I loved and I had a strong support system. It was during one such time—during a gap year between my graduation and higher studies—I ventured out do live sketches of our Madras City. It was more of a passion project than anything else but the response I received was humongous. I turned some of them into postcards and it is still, one of the best passion projects I have ever indulged myself in. (along with #MadrasInMini).
I soon nailed a scholarship with one of the best universities in Columbus! My life took a turn for better. I sometimes wonder if “Art shows” are more for the elite in our country. I was mistaken. Here in America, I found great reception and encouragement from my community for my art. I am an “artist” here in its truest sense. I went ahead to complete my Masters of Fine Arts in Design Research and Development, and in between all that, I participated in a bunch of art exhibitions and events. People here mostly refer to me as an artist—it feels so good to be recognized in that aspect.
When I am not making art or creating something, I write (and perform) poetry. The way I see it, I need different ways to channel my creative energy so it leads to creation/expression. Through poetry and writing, I dwell on much of the difficult topics hoping to spark conversation. While my day job is an exciting feat, I am glad that at the end of the day, I can unwind by doing something I love – art! Art is the one true thing that encompasses everything into its fold and to me, it has been one blissful journey so far.”
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