“My foray into art started with the walls in our house. I started drawing when I was 2 years old and when I could hold a crayon in my fingers. My ever supportive parents never once stopped me and with time, my wall sketches became a little more elaborate and fine.
Slowly, I moved to paper and I started experimenting with different kinds of art forms ranging from abstract to sketches to shading to doodling. Having parents who are harcore sustainability enthusiasts, I was led into this sustainable thinking early on in my life.
So when I chanced upon a documentary by National Geographic on how the bees were at the risk of getting extinct, I was shell shocked. I knew I had to speak about it and do something to spread more awareness about it. And that is when the idea for my installation took hold inside me.
I made use of used plastic bottles and old cardboard charts to make a replica of a beehive and it was inaugurated on Republic day at Marina Mall Chennai. I even went on to speak about it at my first TED talk. In the process of setting up the live installation, I spoke about how art has the capacity to influence and make a change in this world.
Art to me is something I derive utmost joy and peace out of. It makes me calm and it helps me express myself in a way only I can. Artivism is the use of art to create a social awareness and bring about a change in this world.
My dream is to tap into the potential of art to conduct elaborate programs on everything concerning the world. We are all part of the same family called Earth and we owe it to ourselves to leave a better place for the upcoming generation. Here’s to art and every artist who is working on creating a change in this world.”