#ArtistSpeak – Interview With Delhi Artist Ipshita Thakur
Ipshita Thakur is the mind behind ‘Not An’,
As she describes it – Drawings, assemblages, photographs, banal objects and their mutations + Reflections upon the
creative process & experiments that failed.
PFADZ caught up with the young artist to get her perspective on a couple of matters.
• When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
As a child, I’d fill up any and every paper I could get my hands on with drawings much to the annoyance of my family. I was a shy kid and didn’t like school much, so my hours were spent reading, concocting stories, playing video games and making things (also breaking, might I add). It was in high school and at the insistence of my friends that I joined the school magazine as an art editor. From that point on I knew this is where I fit in, that making things was what stimulated me. It is also probably when I first heard of the term ‘fine arts’ as a possibility for higher studies. I was clueless, didn’t know where to begin but teachers and mentors helped me along the way.
• How would you describe your style and what drew you to adopting such?
Stylistically I’ve evolved and grown a lot over the years. Perhaps what has remained constant in some way is my interest in faces and the human body as a site of many complexities. The drawings featured here are made with ball pen on paper. I’m not particularly interested in realism as much as I am in drawing out the essence, trying to evoke a strong emotion or the lack of.
The subjects of my works are either known to me, imagined, seen in passing or derived from photographs and screenshots collected. Even so, the first mark on paper comes from observation. Where it may lead me is not predetermined. Repetition, force of line and in some cases – colour or correction fluid is used.
• Artists who inspire you?
Egon Schiele, Zak Smith, Tomer & Asaf Hanuka, Hope Gangloff and the street artist, Hyuro.
Egon Schiele –
Hope Gangloff –
• What makes your work different/unique?
I believe, to a degree, an artist’s work is inherently unique to them for everyone has varied interests and aesthetics that over time develop into a body of work. The only thing I’m concerned about while working is how my ideas and lines have grown or mutated from what I made last.
Find more of Ipshita’s work at her page Not An – Lines Are Comforting
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