ARTIST INTERVIEW: Pragati Dalvi Jain
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into art?
Since my early childhood, I was fascinated with drawing. It was a medium for me to appreciate nature in its detail. I distinctly remember my first encounter with the great work of art which further influenced me to seek painting sincerely. It was Turner’s work “The Fighting Temeraire“, that intrigued me deeply. I had never seen something so beautiful. I realized that you could be swept off your feet by the impact of a beautiful painting. That’s when I was sure that I wanted to pursue art professionally. Nudged and encouraged by a dear friend of mine, I joined JJ School of Art for my Bachelors (2003-07) and Masters (2007-09) in fine arts.
What is the project ‘Colorize the Future’ all about?
I’m starting this initiative, in which I will create customized paintings/wall art/ canvas for any patron who wants to donate to the noble cause of educating orphaned girls. Anyone who wishes to donate to this cause can get in touch with me and request a painting to be made for him/her. The donation amount can be anything the person decides, and 100% of the amount will be transferred to the organization who takes care of the girl’s basic needs.
What inspired you to take up this cause?
I enjoy painting, and if through creating art, I can help solve real world problems, I get a sense of purpose. It delights me that my effort becomes more meaningful by associating with this cause. Painting has always acted as a source of catharsis for me. Of late, I have started realizing that there are more pressing matters that I can address through art than my own personal emotions. Associating with this project helps me to challenge my own perceptions and contrast them with real life problems, instead of getting consumed in self-centred issues. Moreover, this project will give me a platform to interact with people who are less familiar with the basics of art and how it benefits the individual and the society.
How can one contribute to the cause?
Each one of us can contribute to this cause. Those who want to donate can get in touch with me through phone/Whatsapp/Facebook/email and request an artwork. Artists can also associate by doing what they do best – create art. Others can help by spreading awareness through word of mouth or social media.
What are you working on next?
Apart from ‘Colorize the Future’, I actively work on abstract/conceptual art, learning and unraveling the intricacies of the art form through constant endeavor. I participated in several art exhibitions in the past, and have committed to few more in the near future. My next show is in September 2017, at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. This exhibition will showcase my abstract paintings.
Any advice for younger artists?
Find a purpose, it keeps the momentum. Create awareness!
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