STUDIO & MY AUNT
I have no formal education in making art, but I have always been exposed to art throughout my life. My aunt, Pratibha Choudhari, taught art classes at home, and I would visit her during summer vacations. That is how my journey in painting began. Kids and adults alike would come with their materials and work on their individual pieces under her guidance. She is a self-taught artist who works with ceramics, canvases, glass, fabric, metal, and more. Additionally, she has a beautiful singing voice and is currently exploring long-distance road biking. She has always been and continues to be my role model.
Back then, her studio, filled with paints and brushes, was a quaint and crowded space in her small apartment. As a child, I dreamt of having a space of my own like that to create art. Now, I have been given this opportunity, and I am incredibly thankful for it. I have my own home studio with abundant natural light throughout the day, and a wall adorned with inspiring art, photos, and postcards. My studio is always in a delightful mess with paints, pens, and brushes. It is my happy place.
I first create a base watercolor painting, often using hyper-saturated colors. Next, I apply ink. I begin by marking the painting with ink lines and continue until I have isolated all the desired shapes.
A section is considered complete when I no longer see the need to further divide the areas. In a way, this process visually digitizes the painting and compels the viewer to perceive the numerous variations in shapes, colors, and intensities as seen through my eyes.
Currently, I am experimenting with incorporating this style in collages.
I am profoundly attracted to abstract art and the concept of abstraction in general. Abstraction allows space for observers to fill in their own details, and as someone with a vivid imagination, abstraction resonates with me more compared to realism.
I consistently find myself revisiting memories and emotions that colors evoke, and abstract art transports me to a multitude of places.