Creating spontaneous art inspired by people.
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“Nice to meet you” is Ankita's personal art project involving people, where she uses her strength(art) to overcome her weakness (interacting with people).
What is this all about?:
She approaches people she doesn’t know at all or barely knows and tries initiating a conversation with them. She makes a quick piece of art based on this conversation and shares on her website.
Why is she doing this?:
She wants to grow, not just as an artist but also as a person.
Shaswaty: “I’m 31, from Calcutta. I graduated in textile design from NID Ahmedabad in 2006. Post that I’ve been working in Calcutta as a textile designer. I even launched my own brand which primarily consisted of sarees and dupattas. I had a few exhibitions and then stopped. The city got too known, I got bored of it and decided to come down to Auroville. I had worked at Auroville in 2002 and had loved the experience. I always wanted to come back, but it just didn’t happen. I’m finally back here now in 2015. It took me so many years to return. It’s a nice space….and……I’m spacing out! (laughs)
"So, I’m bipolar. I had my first nervous panic breakdown in 2006. My boss was explaining something to me and I started crying out of the blue. This has happened four times in the past years. I’m taking my medication now and have improved to a great extent. I’m very sensitive. I keep a lot of feelings inside me, which is the cause of the breakdowns. Everything needs to be balanced, right. If you keep suppressing your feelings, one day they are bound to burst out. My bipolarity affected my life in a lot of ways. I get bored with things easily. I keep changing mediums(of my art) and changing jobs very frequently. Tears would flow down my eyes. It would be like cleansing of the eyes without sorrow or joy. I would also be inordinately hyper/happy, with a ear to ear smile. Almost scarily bubbling. I used to be very social before all this happened. But now things are getting better after medication. How did I get through all of it? Thanks to my work. My work is my therapy. smile emoticon”
She also explained me this theory she had in the form of a pie diagram. The center is the third eye/the heart chakra.