I have always loved art because it is the purest form of creation. The act of making something out of the vast worlds of reality and possibility has always amazed and inspired me. I create art because it gives me an outlet to express my insights, my dreams, ideas, hopes, contradictions, and sensibilities. I have always been excited by this dynamic confluence of the external world and my internal resonance and insights. The artworks I produce are this confluence.
In my works, I try conveying one of my basest beliefs, that everything in this world is nuanced. Nothing is black and white. Right and wrong are not mutually exclusive. Things are not as simple as their surfaces. These beliefs filter how I view the world. Thus, for me, all human emotions, basic and universal they may be, are complex. I try to show these in the interplay of shadow and light, and in the contrasts of colors and images. However, beneath these nuances, I believe, lie simple truths. These truths are so forceful and undeniable that all the confusion in the world can only obscure them, because these truths will always shine through. I try to show this simplicity in my compositions.
My earliest foray into art was drawing as a kid. I soon studied traditional photography, fortunate enough to have started before its digitalization. I had the experience of working in the darkroom, experimenting with different post-processing techniques, printing on various kinds of paper. Soon, I moved on to digital photography and computer graphics. I am also a serious film enthusiast. My favorite genres, film noir and the French New Wave, heavily influence my style and resonate with my favorite themes – existentialism, neo-realism, and ambiguity. I also love a slew of music – Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Classic Rock, Trip-Hop, Punk, among others. The images conjured by these music, its icons and archetypes seep through my work. My influences are interdisciplinary. So are my artworks.
Some of my works are planned, while others evolve intuitively. Some works are finished the moment the shutter button is clicked, while others take several days of post-processing. Some works come out of failed projects. These works may look contrived or natural, jarring or pacifying, disturbing or poignant. However, all of them are intended to provoke people to resonate with these emotions and insights.