I was born in Bathinda, India and brought up in Rexdale, Canada. Coming to a new country as a child I always felt the need to assimilate. Slowly that changed and I realized that I never needed to conform myself to the ideals of the western society, but to mould myself positively with time and space. While being true to myself. And truly I love Indian food, watching cheesy bollywood movies and overdressing every time with lots of jewellery and embellished clothing. I don’t give an “Indian twist” to work/myself. I’m an Indian – Canadian who builds a bridge between my two cultures to create meaningful art. This isn’t a skull that I put an “Indian Twist” on, its more than that. It talks about the struggle of an immigrant who feels the need to assimilate to a new world and all the grief attached to it. It’s a stem of the anger and depression that I suffered as a child and sometimes still continue to deal with.
“The fact that so much stuff is out here for free isn’t a sign that art isn’t worth anything. It’s a sign that artists are all out here paying our dues.” – Brian Geddes. I want to speak about a very touchy subject matter. I appreciate each and everyone of you for showing my so much love through the years allowing me to have a safe space to create and share my art. But it’s really hurtful when we artists, inspire others to create beautiful works but credit isn’t given where it’s due. I’m not jealous, i’m not threatened instead i’m flattered that I was able to create an idea that other creatives can resonate with. But is it a lot to ask for credit where its due? I’m told constantly “You can’t do anything about it” “The best thing you can do is make more powerful work”. If I speak about it i’m portrayed as jealous artist, or perceived to the online world as if i’m cyberbullying. I need your help and advice how can we grow as a community start thinking of art and ideas differently. I’ve referenced Brian Geddes a couple times in this blog post from his article “Art Isn’t Free. Can We Stop Pretending it is?” And I wanna end this post in his words “Start thinking of art differently. Start thinking of it as a gift given by an artist who is struggling. Medical school is a struggle that ends with the payoff of those big doctor paychecks. Art is a struggle, too, and it’s scarier than medical school. There’s no guarantee at the end of the artist’s path.”
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