Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Yashna Shrivastava | Abstract artist
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 Yashna about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m the GreyPaperGirl, an abstract artist, and I’m on an everyday journey to make this world a better place, one artwork at a time. I’ve been on this vibrant journey filled with art for over 5 years now, and it’s been nothing but magical! I’m towards the finish line with my Bachelor of Arts in English and am simultaneously working as a freelance artist, running my super exciting art blog, greypapergirl.com, because what’s better than a combination of art and words? Oh yes, Chai! Add that to the combo, and that’s what I’m made of.
What are your art interests?
Anything and everything that revolves around a bucket load of colours, poetry and books. Apart from that, I really find making illustrations and paintings, revolving around the theories and philosophies of life, to be extremely therapeutic to my soul. I believe art has a very strong healing power and can be the remedy to anything broken, which is why, music is my another art interest and also a form of escape.
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
Well, I think it’s very safe to say that India has always been a very culturally and artistically rich country. It’s what makes it so diverse. Part of the knowledge that we currently share and practice, in regard to arts, is because of the already existing rich background of the same. The evolution of art in our country has witnessed some significant changes and it has evolved a lot over the past years, in terms of forms, technology, style, etc. Apart from retaining the historical and cultural forms of art, our country is now witnessing a new wave of art forms which are challenging, very diverse and broad in their definitions. And it’s even better to see people accepting and following these art forms. The current wave of art is breaking the stereotypes with bringing about changes in the way the society thinks, taboos, etc. and I think it’s one of the boldest steps to have been embarked upon.
What are you working on currently?
I’ve very recently fallen in love with fluid acrylic paintings and art journals. I’ve been following up with these two art forms, almost regularly. Through my art journals, I try to implement stories and philosophies of every life. And fluid acrylic paintings, well, it’s something that I can work on repeat for hours, days and months. The mixing and pouring of colors is a different kind of high, one that surely won’t give me terrible hangovers! It’s a form of healing, instead.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m a sucker for Sufi poetry and music, Islamic art and culture and outer space. These three things define the foundation of my inspiration. A lot of my artworks are inspired from lyrics, nazms, sher and shayari by Sufi poets a lot of Arabic and Urdu calligraphy. I have a special inclination towards elements of outer space and that really helps me create the vibrant patterns with colours. Mixing and pouring is my go to mantra! Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
I’ve always and always fancied musicians and sculptors. For some soulful reasons, both these kind of artists always ignite a special feeling of awe within me, which leaves me speechless. I think I’d be more than excited to collaborate with these artists and create something even more magical.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Cannot function without that morning chai, and so the very first act is to get myself a good cup of chai and then go about with the rest of the activities, like checking my mails and social media and planning for the rest of the day ahead.
Which is the most used app in your phone?
Instagram and Spotify, undoubtedly.
Which is the one song you can’t get out of your head?
Oh my god, this one’s going to be a really difficult one. But, since I have to stick to just one, it would be ‘Sammi Meri Waar’ by Umair Jaswal and Quratulain Balouch, from Coke Studio Pakistan. Songs from Coke Studio Pakistan are pure magic!
You de-stress by?
Creating art, reading books, and finding the perfect solace in music. This is my formula for de-stressing. All of the above mentioned activities have such immense healing powers.
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
To connect with Yashna ,connect with her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/yashnagpg/