Subject Tags: marker, folk art inspired, folk inspired, beauty with lines, fine lines, fine art, archival quality, circles, circularity, repetition lines dots, entangled, artist-designer, freehand drawing, curvy, flow, rhythmic, red accent, detail oriented, black pen, lines and dots, black lines, abstract drawing, contemporary abstract, black and red, collage drawing, collage art, pen and ink, original artwork, original abstract, mixed media art
Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.1"D
"Splash" is an original mixed media artwork on archival quality paper for pens (110lb./178gsm) paper size 14"x11". It is made of free flowing, freehand lines and dots with archival marker, using very limited paper cutting from advertisement/ magazine for collage, pasted using pH neutral glue. This series of my mixed media drawings start during moments of confusion and introspection. As the shapes and forms emerge, the mental state shifts from chaos and confusion to calmness and clarity. The process of creating this non-figurative, non-objective, abstract art was in a state of flow, and the flow visually created by the lines can be seen in the artwork. It started with cutting out three shapes from a magazine and pasted randomly at three places on paper. Then the freehand drawing using a black pen was done. No pencil drawing or pre-planning was done. I enjoy drawing with freehand, free-flowing lines with pen, pencil or marker, to ultimately achieve rhythm. The uninhibited lines and freehand action together create a story in the end. Every mark created leads to the next one, and the next and a story is created as the lines keep getting added. I draw and paint intuitively and spontaneously, moving from chaos and void to order, balance and rhythm. I go with the flow, painting only something that I connect to, something that comes from deep within. For me, art is like meditation and music. It blocks out all negativities and pressures, putting me in a state of “flow” (as stated by Mihaly). I love to explore with black pen/ marker and bright, vibrant colours, often combining them. I believe in the power of colours to help evoke positive or negative response. The bright, vibrant colours and free-flowing lines and figures of Mithila/Madhubani painting, folk art of my native place (Bihar, India), inspire me. To me, art is an expression of the self, though the underlying meaning of art also depends on the viewer, the audience and the interpreter.
I am professionally a Designer, an Artist at heart and Writer for the soul. Originally an Artist-Designer from India, I currently reside in Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia, USA. Graduate in Drawing and Painting (Honours) and postgraduate in design (Master of Design- M.Des.), a state level award winning art student, visual art remains my first and foremost passion. After completing M.Des. in the year 2000, I started working as a designer in fashion and apparel industry in India. After eight years in the industry, joined fashion/apparel design institutes and taught drawing, illustration, art and design related subjects at graduate and postgraduate level for about another eight years, while pursuing my passion for art. With over sixteen years of work experience in the field of fashion, design, art and academics, I am a full time artist now and accept commissions for art and design.