"Strokes That Connect and Colours That Express, That's What Life of an Art Piece Is!" - Aarushi Kalra

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

Besides being an artist (Instagram- @muted_disputed), I am an aspiring designer and also a content writer. Holding a lot of pieces of life that are yet to be discovered, my journey has been moulded by my constant cravings to look out for different mediums that are capable of expressing.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a painter/illustrator?

As I stated earlier, I've always been very inclined towards the things that can act as a medium of expression and art, be it any form does that pretty well and since I'm not that expressive in person, I knew that there needs to be something in my life that helps me bring that all out.

So, I've been painting since the last 8.5 years now and it gives me the level of peace that by far no other thing on this earth is capable of.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

Any form of art, especially in our country cannot really be called a financially stable career but at the same time, it's got the potential of either taking you somewhere real far or just might ending up behind the closed doors. It all depends on how well you are able to bring it forth to your audience.

4. Who is your favourite illustrator and why?

I do look up to a few like Mimbi Rose or Bil Donovan for that matter but to be honest, I don't really have a favourite illustrator or artist because for me any piece of art that is capable of talking for itself is the best. I think I'm more of a person who is appreciative of the mindset on the canvas.

5. Where do you get inspired to create art?

In all these years, nature has played an undeniably important role in inspiring me as my mother always says, study the nature, observe its pattern of existence and you’ll find and understand the reason for why things around you happen to be in that certain way.

Besides that, I tend to have a different level of inclination towards half and half things as I feel that what exists partially holds something stronger and complete in itself and also, two separate halves when fused together always end up being something of matter and have a greater impact out there.

6. What does your typical day look like?

I don't really follow a certain schedule for my day but it certainly revolves around the work that I have decided to do in a day. My day isn't over if the tasks listed down for the same are not done. Besides that, some weird doodles or and some workout make for the important elements of my day.

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring illustrators?

See everything, get inspired but while doing that just don't lose upon your style of creating things cause that's what makes you different.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book so far is "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne as it has the essence of the reasons for the different patterns of the existence of certain things around us while making your feel that you have a control over it all or nothing.

Interview by - Suhani Mangleek

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