Artist of UNSEEN - Drishti Vatwani | Fashion Designer
UNSEEN 2.0 is an unconventional form of exhibition which is a digital art exhibition curated by Platform For Artists . This enables artists across the country to participate, showcase their work and connect with like minded people. The entire idea is to broaden the scope of exposure which the artists would probably not get at an offline event. We have sixty diverse artists from across the country who are a part of this one of it's kind art exhibition.
Here is a set of questions team Platform For Artists asked Drishti about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
A fashion designer, both by profession and passion, I graduated from Pearl Academy and am currently working at United Colors of Benetton.
A staunch feminist with a strong belief system, I put in efforts, in my own small ways, to build a society where all types of genders are respected and treated equally.
I am a conversationalist too, I like discussing literally everything and anything. And perhaps that’s why I believe that I learn more throughtête-à-têtes than by books.
(If you find me eavesdropping at a café, I’m probably just seeking inspiration)
What are your art interests?
Although I find theatre and music extremely stimulating and engrossing, I don’t think I’ve seen or experienced enough to develop an opinion about it, just yet.
I am still exploring; I always want to know more. Thirsty for inspiration, one can say! At the moment, different perspectives and opinions really intrigue me. I mean, four people conversing about a topic, having completely different opinions about it; isn’t that art in itself?
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
I’d have to say it’s sky-rocketing. There was a time where a career in any form of art was not well accepted, and perhaps even criticized. But now, it’s a whole new ball game. A large section of our youth is unraveling their talents; artists aren’t only talking about their interests but promoting it too. Various fests are organized; platforms are created all over the country. A country where people were shy or ashamed to talk about sex or relationships, a country where women leaders or entrepreneurs were questioned; is now a place where shows like Made in Heaven are not only consumed but also appreciated.
I’d like to think that slowly and gradually, we can see everyone’s myopic vision finally overcoming conservative stigma.
What are you working on currently?
The most recent project I worked on, was my version of feminism, called “Drop the Notion”. I am currently in the process of taking it a step forward by creating an extension of the thought. This new project attempts to blur the line between the various genders and overcome the society stereotypes attached to it. I want this project and notion to reach more people, who can resonate with it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It was, in fact, a conversation with a group of girls I’d only just met, sharing their eve teasing incidents and how it shook some of them up; that made me use feminism as the underlying concept of my work. While I’d always been extremely vocal about my thoughts on the subject, it was that particular conversation that worked as a trigger, encouraging me to do more than just talk. To tell a story through my work, in the hope that it brings about a change, no matter how small. Words do leave an impact on me.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
Any artist whose wavelength matches mine! I would, however, love to collaborate with sculptors. Every sculpture I have ever come across makes me ponder about the time and effort taken to create such amazing art. I highly appreciate and value relentless.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
Wearily open my eyes, hoping its 7am not 9am! Who doesn’t fancy that additional sleep? On a serious note, the first thing I do is spend a moment just looking out of the window. No matter the hurry or where I am or how late I’m getting, it’s something I can’t start the day without. As cliché as it may sound, it gives me a moment of peace before I jump into the hustle.
Which is the most used app on your phone?
Can’t deny it, it’s my morning newspaper and my night-time novel. Instagram.
Which is the one song you can't get out of your head?
Nothing is gonna hurt you baby – cigarettes after sex.
You de-stress by?
Long walk, NAPS!
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
To connect with Drishti ,connect with her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/drishtiiii16/