CHENNAI: A product designer by day, an artist by night and a ‘maker for life’, Chennai-based Srividya Sriram, has been hooked to art and design from a young age. The artist who will be displaying her prints as part of Makery, art pop up, talks to us about ‘Putting art forward without expectations’…
Her first brush with art was when her grandmother taught a young Srividya to paint and colour within lines and borders. “She taught me to draw simple flowers, a cat, dog and that’s when my love for art began,” she recalls.
Always having a creative outlet, she reminisces the days when she used to make cards for different occasions. “From Valentine’s Day, birthdays to several quirky days, I used to make cards.
I loved the concept of creativity in life and even now, my day job is that of a designer and it allows creativity!”
But a couple of years ago, despite being in a creative profession, tired of constantly using a computer, keyboard and mouse, Srividya says she felt ‘creatively sapped’. “Sometimes in work there are constraints. I wanted to get back to doing handwork and also resolved to go analog. I wanted to use social media as a way to being accountable and to show that I made an effort to do something,” she shares.
So, for the next 60 days, Srividya decided to make something with her hands; named the project ‘#60DaySketch’ and decided to use Instagram and Facebook to stay consistent. “What I made didn’t have to be pretty or perfect, but I just wanted to show that I had taken the time that day to make/paint/draw something. But, as time went by, I got amazing results and several acquaintances told me that they realised art can be simple too! That’s my style, I like painting the small joys!” she smiles.
From a small plate of panipuri to something as big as the galaxy, Srividya’s paintings have it all. Talking about the art prints that will be showcased, she shares, “Sea creatures, women, galaxy, and other small things that form a part of our daily life will be featured at the event. It will be water colours, and pen and ink mixed with water colours,” she shares.
An avid follower of several art accounts on Instagram and Pinterest, she enthusiastically says that the forum is overflowing with great art. “It can be anything or anyone — people who embroider, quill or paint just a stone! There are a wide range of people who specialise in many things, and that fascinates me. I also take inspiration from photos that I click, and paint based on them. I look for things that capture my eye,” she says.
Does she have a quirky work habit? Having a constant supply of art stationery on her dining table! “That’s the best thing that I have ever done. I keep paper, paints or colour pencils in my line of vision always. I use whatever there is to create something and it works every time,” she laughs.
Calling this a ‘good phase for art’ she adds, “There are clubs hosting events during weekends and it has become a good space to be creative. Also, the notion that art is not for everyone is changing and it’s starting to become more personal. It’s nice to be a part of that.”