Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Sharanya V | 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 Sharanya about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Sharanya.V, an artist and illustrator from Bangalore, India. I run a small business called Colour Bloomers through which I sell my original paintings, art prints and other stationary products on Etsy. I’m also an art educator and conduct various workshops through Pedilite and also take private workshops and one-on-one sessions. You can follow me on Instagram : @colour_bloomers ( I would love to connect with you! )
What are your art interests?
Since childhood I’ve dabbled with many mediums and art forms. From clay modelling to face painting, from fabric painting to making textures through eraser dust and from creating collage to paper crafts, I’ve always enjoyed the process of learning and making art. This process is what has made me the artist that I’m today. Through the whole journey of making art I’ve learnt that making art is more about gaining knowledge and enjoying the process. As an artist I believe its my absolute duty to perceive things more than others out there.
I read this quote somewhere and I think it would resonate with most of you here “If the world is a book we just be able to read the index. The artist however is able to read the book’s chapters – each artist, another chapter.”
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
As I’m an art educator , when I conduct workshops in various schools and colleges I can’t but notice a lot of loopholes in the way art is taught. From my point of view art classes are still considered as free time in most of the schools and colleges. The way I was taught art 10 -15 years back by copying art from the blackboard is exactly the same way it’s been taught now.
Most people might not like to hear this but unfortunately the truth is art education in India is outdated and good for nothing. We need a change in the system and it needs to happen real quick!
Art has proven to expand and improve a child’s thinking and concentration. Integrating art with Math and Science and history taught through theatre will not only improve the child’s overall skills but also would allow the child to learn in a relaxed manner.
What are you working on currently?
I have just taken a little break from my current 100 day project. I usually like to work on subjects that interests me most and do a little collection. With this project my main aim was to create a portfolio and use those artworks to make some cute stationary products for stationary addicts and color lovers like me!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My subject matter mostly revolves around nature and flowers. I like to dabble with 2 main mediums ( Acrylics and Gouache ) , one gives me the freedom to make gestural marks and lets my paint dance to the tune of my brushstrokes and the other keeps me grounded and teaches me patience.
Most of my colors and patterns are mainly inspired by bright and colourful Indian fabrics. Through my works I want people to look around more carefully and discover beauty in the ordinary/unusual things. Some of my works are beautiful and will transport you to a different world and others are simple and will put a little smile on your face.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
Oh! I have a huge list:
· People who are into hand embroidery, 3D printing, robotics.
· Photographers, videographers, writers.
· People who are into book binding , making handmade chocolates, etc.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I’m a huge coffee addict and I prepare myself a huge cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
Which is the most used app in your phone?
Instagram, lightroom, snapseed and skillshare.
Which is the one song you can’t get out of your head?
I’m old school when it comes to music and really love the modern rendition of “Hai Apna Dil To Awara” by this band called SANAM. It’s not only about the song but also more about the ambiance that they have created in the video that makes it more enjoyable.
Oh! By the way, being a Tamilian it’s hard to ignore listening to Rahman’s 90’s classics and also some hits from Rajinikant’s movies.
You de-stress by?
Taking a walk , listening to some podcasts, reading books and a quick trip to some place nearby just to refresh.
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
To connect with Sharanya ,connect with her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/colour_bloomers/