What motivated you to become an artist?
- As a child I always enjoyed arts and crafts as a form of play.I discovered early on that when an object conveys emotion, it becomes more powerful than mere play. Now I like to work with fragile mediums like paper and clay to create playful delicate work like dragonfly wings.Subtracting is as important as adding and hence papercuts and linoprinting.
Some artists must traverse a long, circuitous road to find their true calling and I am one such artist. I began my career as a financial analyst crunching numbers on excel spreadsheets by day and filling pages of sketchbooks by night. I was a imaginative artist disguised as a hard-nosed corporate geek in a business suit. I finally decided to give up the comfort zone of a stable corporate career to play myself in the risk fraught art arena which has made a happier person since there is no more inner conflict of playing two people.
If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
- I would like to collaborate with British artist Rachel Goodyear .Her works are inspired by nature and she draws parallels between human nature and animal behaviour and I am also deeply interested in that.
I would also like to work with Spanish product designer Nacho Carbonell for creating organic forms. His furniture seem to be living creatures which might play hide and seek or walk around the house at night.
If you could only choose ONE tool to create an artwork with, what would it be?
- My precious X-acto knife with which I can cut paper, perhaps carve linoleum sheets and also give texture to my clay pieces.
How do you know when an artwork is finished?
- When it has finished saying what it has set out to say.
What advice would you give aspiring artists?
- Take risks, do something you have never done before,continue exploring and experimenting, find your own personal voice, deepen the quality of your practice and never be complacent.
Drawing, Printmaking, Papercuts, Sculpting