Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Varshini Ramakrishnan | Illustrator
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 Varshini about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m an independent Accessory designer and Illustrator. I completed my masters in Luxury accessory design from Istituto Marangoni, Milan and Fashion and lifestyle accessory design from NIFT,Chennai. I’m a self taught Illustrator, but it’s been only 2 years that I have taken up illustration as a career. I spent my entire childhood around drawing, painting and everything creative. I do love creating something out of nothing, it surely gives me a high.
What are your art interests?
I’m always attracted to visual art forms with an Indian regional touch to it. Through all my illustrations, I try to find an umbilical link between the global culture and my origin - South India.
My fascination for detailing and vibrant colours is probably influenced by Tanjore painting - A South Indian art style that I was trained during my school days.
Another Medium of art I admire apart from illustration is cinema and photography which I believe has the ability to create a great impact in the minds of people.
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
The design and art scene in India is currently undergoing a rapid change. Ten years ago this was not the scenario. I remember when I said I wanted to become an artist at the age of 14, but it was only considered a hobby then.
Today we see a lot of awareness about different forms of art and its influence in business as well as social good. There are numerous platforms for design talks, workshops and exhibitions being held in different parts of the country. The people of India as a whole have become more acceptive towards good design and art as a profession.
Though South India is just taking its baby steps towards building an art & design culture/community, there is still plenty of opportunity to showcase globally, the diversity in its traditions and art forms.
What are your working on currently?
I freelance for brands and currently building my own Multi-disciplinary design studio based out of Madras.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mostly my inspiration comes from my surroundings, everyday situations that I face, behaviours of people, Indian street scenes, movies and also the simple ordinary details around us that we tend to ignore. I view this world as a movie, while everyone playing their own roles. Sometimes I don’t participate in these situations but simply sit back and observe. This helps me come up with varied subjects to illustrate.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
My style of illustration is versatile and adaptable. I would love to collaborate with artists from different fields as it would be a challenge and excitement all together. Imagine an Illustrator collaborating with a musician or a chef.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up ?
I check my phone the first thing in the morning, though I try to avoid it.(doesn’t happen)
Which is the most used app in your phone?
Instagram is the most used app in my phone. Scrolling Instagram has become motivating factor for me. I follow relatively more number of illustrators, designers and brands than acquaintance. This pushes me to create some good work.
Which is the one song you can't get out of your head?
It changes according to my mood. Sometimes I listen to a song multiple times on loop until I get sick of it and then go for the next.
You de-stress by?
Some Peppy Tamil songs de-stress me immediately.
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
To connect with Varshini,follow her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/inihsrav/