Interviews | October 6, 2022 |

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Interview: Poppy Charnalia Luca Curci talks with Poppy Charnalia during 5th Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Medina Art Gallery.

Nature is the most miraculous creator; she attempts to simulate her by recreating her imperfections and randomness. She molds and folds curves by hand using homemade non-toxic materials to create textural dimensions. She moves her palm, fingers and nails drenched in colour on her canvas, then contrast it with perfect symmetry.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most? 
Poppy Charnalia –
I grew up in India deeply delving into various forms of art like Indian Classical Music, painting, and poetry in three languages. My mother an established artist in India taught me techniques in various mediums. I live in the United States (Massachusetts). I write poetry and my brush moves on canvas simultaneously. The fusion of the two forms inspires art from woven words and poetry from textured colors. My 12 year older son Sohum is on the Autism Spectrum. His sensory indulgence in textures has inspired my highly textured multidimensional art. 

LC – What is art for you?
PC –
It’s oxygen. Artistic expression is like a sneeze for me, unstoppable. I sing, paint, write poetry, make jewellery and design clothes to let it out. 

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
PC –
In abstract art, the feeling that a work is complete is a fallacy. I just live in the process. 

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PC –
It’s very exciting to thrive in this sphere. Art is globalized and exposure is widened. I enjoy the sensory experience of colours, lines and shapes that artists from across the world create. It’s like indulging in someone else’s brain waves. 

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
PC –
My art is highly textured and is technically physically very challenging to shape and mould. The result however takes the pain away. 

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
PC –
I love listening to feedback from the audience. It not only inspires new ideas but also gives new meaning to existing work almost like my poetry.

 LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
PC –
My artwork in this exhibit is focused on my inner blossoming as a woman from India who struggled to make a life in the United States. Every challenge I faced alone is now ‘my blossoming’. I have grown by choice. I have crafted my life with conscious decisions. I have paid a price for it but I will pay it again. I call it open-eye meditation. Living with complete awareness and clarity. Hence I called my artworks -‘My Blossoming, My Choice’ and ‘My Blossoming’. 

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PC –
It’s a brilliant platform for artists. The opportunities are global through this platform which is amazing. Like abstract art, it transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. 

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? 
PC –
The event is beautifully woven to express art and that’s art itself. 

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? 
PC –
It’s been a pleasure working with this organization. I hope to achieve greater heights together. 

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