What inspires you?
My memories and experiences of growing up as a woman in South Asian culture.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
Anupam Sud – her etchings are full of thought-provoking narratives; master printmaker Krishna Reddy for his most unique intaglio prints; Riya Hamid for her strong and authentic representation of diasporic South Asian experience.
Tell us about a memorable exhibition or creative event you experienced?
A recent one is Yayoi Kusama’s ‘THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE’ exhibition. I am a fan of her infinity rooms.
Is there a common theme to your work?/What is your work about?
I often put South Asian women as the subject of my print and channel feelings of rebellion and freedom through my designs. Dwelling on ideas of layering and palimpsest has been a favourite engagement for me – hence the obsession with Chine-collé and multiple layers.
What is your favourite medium of artist’s tool to work with and why?
I have a passion for lino print and Chine-collé. I love to work with various types of paper, especially Khadi and Japanese Washi paper for printing and origami paper for Chine-collé. My favourite tool is a V shaped lino-cutting tool that I have been using for the last two years.
What do you think art offers society?
What experiences enabled you to develop your skills as an artist?
My husband has been a very positive push which made me take practising art seriously. Further, my printmaking sessions under the tutoring of David Holah have been a major factor in developing my skills.
What do you love most about being an artist?
The joy of seeing a print emerge out of the press just the way I wanted it to – I have never known delight as heartfelt as that!
Your favourite place to visit in London?
Shepherds bookbinders in Pimlico – they have an amazing collection of Khadi and Japanese paper. I can spend hours in that shop!
Best bit of advice you came across?
The ink isn’t thin enough till you hear the swish turn into a gentle murmur – my tutor’s tip to roll out ink for lino prints.
What do you want to achieve as an artist?
Be part of a diverse community of artists and printmakers and help each other’s growth and representation.
What is the single most important thing art has given you?
A medium to represent all my thought bubbles.
Most inspiring season and why?
শৰৎ (xorot – roughly mid-August to mid-October) in my home state of Assam. I think it’s the most sensory month and the sight of seasonal flowers and blue sky after a long summer is very calming to me.
What regularly makes you smile?
Phone calls from home.
Number of hot drinks in a typical studio day?
Most pleasing artwork you created to date?
I have always said this to be the tiny etching which was my first ever print. Seeing it emerge from the press was a milestone moment for me – I knew I wanted to keep making prints from that moment.
Share a tip for overcoming ‘artist’s block’
Drink coffee. Doodle a lot without any pressure or purpose.