George Inness said,
“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.”
In our #FeatureFriday blog focusing on the #WonderWomen segment we present a woman who, true to what Mr. George said, found spirituality and inner peace through art and by being an artist. Meet, Aakriti Agrawal, who is a Digital Analyst by profession and an intricate art form Artist by passion. She is the founder of a creative venture, Arth by Aakriti, via which she explores her love for art and lets her artworks reach those who love and appreciate creativity. What made her turn to art despite having a full-time job and profession, and how does she manage between the two varied fields of work? Let’s find out in her own words.
“A couple of years back, I was having a tough time both in my personal and professional life. I was becoming negative, prickly and sour to the world. Like many other things, art happened to me when I needed it the most. I started doing art as a distraction to fight stress and depression, but soon it became a passion and a sacred practice that I try to do daily.
Being new to this world, it was a struggle to learn everything from scratch. In fact, even now, I don’t get most of the artistic terminologies. For me, “Just create” is the key. Bringing my imagination to the paper, playing with colours and patterns is all I do. I don’t try to give structure to it. It’s just, as I believe, an inspired activity of, ‘mind guiding and pens creating!’
The turning point for me was the peace of mind I got whenever I created something new. Initially I got appreciation from my friends and family. And later on, I did many projects, from designing office walls to doing exhibitions. Each of these felt like I was slowly finding myself and have now finally found myself and my passion. I have never looked back since I discovered my love for art.
The world around me is what motivates me the most. I get inspired and motivated with anything and everything under the sky. The world is just so beautiful, and I get inspired from nature and its elements like leaves, trees, stories etc.
Also the various objects and artists on social media, inspire me to keep creating every day. The journey so far has been rewarding and gratifying.
So far, I have designed walls for reputed office spaces like:
- Obeya Workspace – Designed a 17*10 feet wall for a conference room for Obeya using multiple Mandalas
- Niki – Designed a 10*10 feet Mandala for the wall of Niki with their logo at the center
- Niki – Designed a office doodle wall for the recreation room of Niki
Besides this I have also,
- Exhibited my artworks in Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath twice.
- Been Awarded best artist in pen drawings in the Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath
- Got published on Yourstory.com and plapp.in
The future plans include:
- Launching my brand. Not limiting myself to just the paintings but also reaching the world through different meditative and intricate art products.
- Working on collaborations and events
- Taking online and offline workshops/sessions on Mandala and zenarts
- Working on various new things and techniques that I haven’t worked on yet!
My learnings have been that,
“Every day, every artwork is a new learning”
I am a sole believer of continuous improvement and that’s what my motto is:
“Create – Introspect – Improve. I follow this on a regular basis and learn from my mistakes.”
Because, there’s still a long way to go!
This journey of being an artist wouldn’t have started if my family had not supported me in it. Though we have a long way to go, I would like to thank my parents, my parents-in-law, my husband and my siblings for their continuous support!
The intricate art forms like Mandalas and Zenarts have helped me during the time of my depression and have brought me to a world of happiness and calmness. With these artforms printed / hand drawn on Arth by Aakriti products and paintings, I aim to help people have a calmer and a happier life.
To drop in a message to Aakriti, check out her gorgeous artworks, inquire or place an order for one or more of these, follow the links below:
Aakriti’s work and contributions as an artist have been featured on various blogs and online platforms. You can check these out through the links below:
Other professional and personal social media handles of Aakriti