My dream is to become a teacher of art and living science,to teach people how to live simpler lives.
Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Pooja Jayan | Painter
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 Pooja about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a 23-year-old eldest born of 4 children for my family. My roots belong to Thrissur, Kerala. I was bought up in Doha, Qatar. I am a self taught artist and learned mostly from few summer classes, Youtube, Instagram, etc. After school, I pursued my Bachelor in Product Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. After my higher studies, I freelanced in Thrissur and Kochi as a designer and artist for a year. Recently, I have joined as Junior Designer at Attraction Event Company, Lusail, Qatar. I am avid lover of nature, good food and travelling. I am a low key occasional writer. I am still learning, relearning and growing as a human being and as an artist. Right now I am saving money to buy an iPad to start digital painting and set up my art & design studio in India. My dream is to become a teacher of art and living science, to teach people how to live simpler lives in harmony with nature.
What are your art interests?
Since I have not received formal education in arts, I don’t know how to be selective about ones taste. I love all things handmade & artistic and appreciate everything that looks genuine, aesthetic and serves a purpose. I am into wall murals, digital paintings, traditional acrylics & oil paintings, calligraphy, photography, handmade crafts and art journaling. I love reading poetry and stories from different part of India. I personally love experimenting mixed media mostly.
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
I think people are enjoying good art whether it is in the form of music, acts, talks, comedy, visual or performing arts. Real talent and good contents are being appreciated especially by the young generation. I have seen an increase in choice of design & art as higher studies. We need to reach wider audience though, in terms of wider artistic audience and the kind of commoner audience who appreciate the value of every artist.
What are you working on currently?
Apart from my everyday job, I am currently working on a series of mixed media pieces for environment awareness called Red for Green. 2 artworks till now, both pieces were exhibited at Prakrithi Art Exhibition by Nature Gathering, a small community of nature lovers and various artists in Kerala working on a common goal of a greener tomorrow. I have recently started journaling too. Nothing fancy, just my way.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Since the time I started taking art seriously, I am always looking for inspiration, be it movies, history, traditions, nature, recent events, human emotions, etc. I always try to learn from my surroundings and other artists around me.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with wall mural artists and art curators. I wish to work with amazing artists, improve my talent and help unnoticed talents to grow to their full potential. I believe art has the power to influence a lot of minds. One of my bucket lists is to make an artwork/illustration for a book cover.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
I wake up to thanking the Creator energy before I open my eyes. Then I drink a glass of water. And while brushing my teeth, I’d be thinking about what to put on my art journal.
Which is the most used app in your phone?
Which is the one song you can't get out of your head?
There is this beautiful old Tamil song Thendral vanth theedumbothu which was originally sung by S. Janaki and music by Ilayaraja, which was resung by Chinmayee for the movie 96. Her version is stuck in my head since its release.
You de-stress by?
Painting and meditation is my go to de-stress. Also reading a book with a cup of Sulaimani (black tea) or sometimes if it’s too hard, I write letters to myself in my mother tongue Malayalam. It helps put my mind back to one point and calm down.
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
To connect with Pooja, follow her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pooja.jayann/