Swati Pasari: Manifesting thoughts through colours
“Art has the power to heal emotions”
Ayoung and very talented artist Swati Pasari’s paintings project a kind of eternity. Her inner thoughts manifest through colours, textures, and hues, that help in not only providing her an inner peace but also spreading positivity to all those who comes in contact with her. She expresses a strong inner spirituality through her art form. She never plans about a painting, and neither does she know where a painting will take her. When she starts painting, she enters into a new dimension. And then her journey to reach her inner soul and find peace and spirituality begins which fill a kind of uniqueness in her work.
She did her schooling from Modern High School in Calcutta (Kolkata). She studied for a year in Australia, doing business. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from Calcutta University in Commerce.
Her formal artistic journey started in 2007, but very soon she has become famous in the art world. Swati has exhibited in galleries across India which includes prominent names like India Habitat Centre New Delhi, State Art Gallery - Hyderabad, Academy of Fine Arts - Kolkata , Emami Chisel Art Gallery –Kolkata, Dhoomimal Art Gallery New Delhi , Samara Art Gallery - Ahmedabad , Sublime Galleria -Bangalore and in international destinations like London, Dubai, Tokyo, Houston among others.
Breaking the stereotype of being a ‘young’ artist and fighting with a concrete mindset, Swati has created a solid path for herself in the midst of known and contemporary artists. She says it doesn’t matter for me for how long you are into this field, but society and big names in the field, always looks you then with suspicious eyes. But I feel that you cannot estimate talent with the number of years of working or experience. Although, this mindset is changing rapidly and in India also, like abroad, people are now more concerned about the artwork instead of other notions surrounding it.
She is more into semi abstract art and sculptures. Her paintings are done on
canvas with acrylic colours and the sculptures are made of fibre-glass.
Excerpts from a talk with the artist:
You belong to a business family then how did the idea of painting generated in you?
Art had been my calling since long – ever since I was a child I wanted to do something which was a creative and art was a natural choice. However, I went to study abroad and came back to join family business when one day I decided art was what I was passionate about and it was a full time vocation for me. So, what was a hobby became a calling and profession.
What feelings do you undergo when you face a blank canvas and are about to start work on it?
The joy of creation is what defines it – I feel my emotions are about to be translated into real life figures and art. For an artist this is an eureka moment – the art is already there in the mind and as you start giving shape to it you get that immense sense of self satisfaction.
You practice a kind of stillness every day to work. This often means cocooning yourself away to sketch, read, or simply think, but work, and for you it is a ritual not to be missed, what you have to say on this?
When I am doing art – I am on a different zone and normal day to day activities do not deter me. Work is passion for me and no amount of distraction can take me away from it. I believe this is a must do for any artist – you need to come in terms with your thoughts and organize it before you start translating it.
Your most of sculptures are faceless? What thought plays behind this?
What I portray is the emotion behind it. I do not think of it as a religious notion but as an abstract form to depict the divine soul and the emotions which I seek to capture in it. To me divine is an emotion – a feeling which transcends the boundary of identity.
Somewhere you had send that you enter a different dimension when you paint and you do not know what the painting will become till it’s done. So how does you know then if your painting is complete or not?
It is the inner calling and urge to continue which will drive me on if the painting is not complete. As I said it all begins in the mind first and slowly but steadily we move on to capture the form – as long as the complete form does not take place the mind of the artist is not at peace.
Your paintings talk about immortality, timelessness, about finding inner stillness and peace. Are these your life goals? Have you discovered painting as one of the ways to attain inner peace? It sounds little philosophical?
Yes they are my life goals – to find divinity and peace in my day to day life.
Painting to me is my connection to divine – I deep delve within me to bring out nuggets of peace and do soul searching to find the desired form.
What are the ideas you convey through your colour palate? Do colours play a major role in defining art?
For me life is a celebration and colours are tools to celebrate the joy of life and transcend it boundaries. My art is defined by colours – in fact quite a few times they are a riot of colours. Each of them are diverse yet at the end they sync and bring out the communication that they are all ways to celebrate the joy and mirth that is so much an integral part of life. Research shows, that visual perception influences the human mind more deeply than any other form of perception. For instance, we get soaked in the beauty of a beautiful landscape when we see one and similarly our hearts sink in grief when we see an image of the destitute in Africa. The colours and shapes we see have a deep impact on our mood and psychology.
You feel that art has the power to heal emotions. Can you throw some light on this?
My art is driven with a desire to bring out all that I have within myself, while preserving the spiritual beauty of nature and all of creation. I believe that art has the power to heal emotions and thoughts, and that is philosophy which underlies all my creations. My attempt is to capture those elements of our existence which are eternal, changeless and hence infinite. To capture the infinite using finite tools is next to impossible, yet I try.
Do you work on gut feeling or it is preplanned?
It is absolutely driven by gut. I soul search and come across a vision which is then translated in canvas/sculpture.
How do you decide whether your piece of art work has completed?
It is not easy to decide and was often difficult to ascertain, but when you look into a piece of art, you feel a sense of completeness and that feeling spreads to your inner being. That is how I understand that my journey has been completed and then I finish my painting.
My art is defined by colours – in fact quite a few times they are a riot of colours. Each of them are diverse yet at the end they sync and bring out the communication that they are all ways to celebrate the joy and mirth that is so much an integral part of life. Research shows, that visual perception influences the human mind more deeply than any other form of perception. For instance, we get soaked in the beauty of a beautiful landscape when we see one and similarly our hearts sink in grief when we see an image of the destitute in Africa.
Your paintings and sculptures are decorative and spiritual, but do they connect with today’s existence in anyway?
Yes the theme is eternal joy and celebration of life – they are connected with today’s existence.
Do you paint for art’s sake or commercially?
For art’s sake definitely – to me art is a means to search the divinity within and express and share it to the outside world.
Do you think that the extra credentials you have as a business student will help you sell your art better?
It is helpful, but I feel that it’s the curator and the art gallery’s job to market the product. So, I don’t want to use my energy a lot into marketing my work. That would be the gallery’s prerogative. I personally would want to focus on my creation.
What are the strongest influences on your art development through the years?
Evolution of myself as a spiritual being is what had influenced my art development through the years. I deep delve within me to bring out inner peace and do soul searching to find the desired form.
What are the challenges you face while painting and giving expressions to your thoughts?
I don’t even consider those as challenges because if I’m not happy at any stage, I’ll restart even if it’s almost done. I’m ready to bear the cost but not the feeling of unhappiness. Neither my paintings are religious, which people often think seeing the paintings of Ganesha, Buddha and Krishna. In reality, they denote positivity, peace and luck that is the reason they inspire me. I also write shlokas on them that are meant to encourage the buyer to do everything in life as an offering to God. The process of making one piece is first making the sculpture in clay then moulding then fibre casting. The difficult part is making the POP and then readying the mould. This entire process takes a month-anda-half.
How do you see contemporary Indian art growing?
At a fantastic pace which is phenomenal – we see new artists celebrating diverse form to come every day and establish their place in the world.
What achievements in your art career are you most proud of?
I have won numerous awards and all these are proud moments for me. More than that there are several eminent people who have applauded their work and this marks a celebration for me.
In your view how you have evolved over the years as an artist?
My works have become more defined as far as spirituality is concerned. I have found a clear path in sync with my life’s purpose which sets me distinct as an artist.
You have held many solo and group exhibitions, what kind of preparations do you make before an exhibition?
I am just prepared as far as my art is concerned – rest is all destinies and I simply go with the flow. I believe in showcasing my best and so before each exhibition I prepare to showcase work which is apt for the artist.
What are your future plans?
To do many more international shows and win awards. To establish myself as an artist with a distinct identity in times to come.