Interview: Aditi Patwari
Luca Curci talks with Aditi Patwari during THE EXTENDED BODY 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Aditi Patwari is a textile artist and designer who has created collections for interiors, stationery, and fashion. In 2019, she launched Dea, a textile brand that creates bespoke artwork for interiors and provides textile solutions to designers. She mixes traditional and new-age textile techniques which gives her artworks their own characteristic. Aditi specializes in material manipulation, laser cutting and etching, digital embroidery, and pattern design, and she is excited by architecture and geometry, which tend to be the focus of her textile work. She has lived and worked in India, in the UK, and in the UAE, where she currently resides. Her textiles are inspired by travel, and her collections tell the stories of her journeys.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Aditi Patwari – I believe every artwork tells a story; of a place, a culture, a feeling. Artists are, above all, storytellers. And as human beings, we are all connected by stories.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AP – I have lived and worked in India, in the UK and in the UAE, where I currently reside. Along the way, I have traveled to over 20 countries. Different people, cultures, and norms fascinate me and I love finding the similarities in them (no matter how different they might seem on the surface). If we keep our minds open, we will find that we are all looking for the same things – love, happiness and connection. Thus, my work is an exploration of human nature. By gaining deeper understanding of different people and cultures from around the world, I understand and explore my own internal nature through my artwork.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AP – Each of my artworks is inspired by a journey to a new city, discovering its cultural heritage, and visual inspiration from its architecture. For example, the artworks “Circle of Life” showcased at “The Extended Body – Mixing Cultures” was from the collection ‘Bali Bohemia’ inspired by the cultural heritage and commercialization of the city Bali. The collection was heavily influenced by the Hindu philosophies used in Balinese temple architecture; such as the use of shapes like circles, which symbolize transformation and the circularity of life. Another collection of artworks called ‘Dubai Darbaar’ is inspired by the cultural heritage of Dubai and Islamic art, along with its innovative and modern side pushed forward by its multinational population.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AP – I am the most creative when I am traveling alone; its when I have time to think deeply and observe the people and culture around me. I usually stay in hostels, meet a lot of people, hear their stories, walk around cities until I spot something interesting. It’s when I don’t force it, that the most amazing ideas show up. So I let the inspiration come to me. Once it does, I sketch and draw and write every idea I have, without judgement. When I am back from the trip, I brainstorm by collaging, mark making, playing around with different visuals, materials and colors. I take breaks often, to come back with a fresh mind and discover new ideas. Then it all happens organically, as I keep sampling different material and color combinations until I find the one that reflects how I feel about the city in question.
LC – What are you currently working on?
AP – A few more pieces are under process for the ‘Bali Bohemia’ Collection. After this, I am very excited to start working on a collection of artworks that is made from sustainable/up-cycled materials. This time, I will focus on the world culture of consumerism and the drastic impact it is having on our planet.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AP – It’s a great international platform for artists to showcase their work and gain exposure amongst curators they normally wouldn’t meet in their own localities.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AP – You could provide more information on the selected artists on your website. Currently, it only shows their names and countries. It would be super helpful if next to their name, you put a small image or just a link to their websites/social media handles for exposure. Thank you!
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AP – Definitely, the biggest opportunity ITSLIQUID GROUP presents artists is its international presence. It was wonderful to show my work all the way in London without any trouble.