Meet Katyayini Singh Waghela, the young scioness of Sanand as she expresses her budding journey as a mixed media artist. An Ahmedabad-based law student, Katyayini finds solace from her hectic schedule by immersing into this dynamic form of art.
Her initial roots as a young photographer from her schooling days in Mayo, as well as the artistic inclinations of both her parents have unitedly driven her into this artistic pursuit which is both, a hobby as well as Katyayini’s homage to her homeland.
Rajputana Collective shares the budding artist's unique perspective in an exclusive interview : -
Rajputana Collective (RC): You have created some innovative portraits in 3D. As a photographer, what made you undergo this shift in dimension? Katyayini Sinh Waghela (KSW): I have always been passionate about art. My father, Late Maharana Jaishiv Sinh Waghela of Sanand was a wildlife photographer and my mother, Ranisaheb Sridatri Sinh Waghela of Sanand a painter; and this prompted my interest in these forms of art. My shift towards 3D dimensions took place after exploring different art forms and mediums so that I could bring the pictures to life and show my story on canvas.
RC: Your newer works represent mixed media art pieces. What is your understanding of mixed media work? What inspired you to pursue it? KSW: In my understanding, art is limitless. It has no borders, it allows the artist to explore different avenues thus bringing authenticity to their work. Art mediums transcend life forms to a different level, vision and thought to be shared by the viewers individually. For me, mixed media art has served as an ideal medium wherin I can use various mediums such as jewellery artefacts, safas, saris, textile and various forms or embroidery to portray the desired effect of our rich culture and tradition. I was introduced to mixed media art by curators, Mrs. Ritu Singh and Mr. Surya Singh, who lead the Wolf Jaipur. Working with them on a few occasions inspired me to explore this form of art through my own perspective.
RC: You seem to have a very hectic schedule due to your specialised profession around law. How do you prioritise art therein?
KSW: Art is my getaway, a space where I let out my thoughts and be myself in solace, away from my hectic life. I believe in balancing my profession with my hobbies. Pursuing one’s hobbies is very necessary and something that one should not let go of. I try taking time out for my art at night after my working hours and on the weekends, and this space truly exhilarates me.
RC: Is there any reason that restraints you from pursuing art full time? If so, what and why?
KSW: There is no reason for my not pursuing art full time. I did not study art academically in order to become an artist. It grew on me gradually as I pursued my degree in law.
RC: Is there any native element from Sanand that you maintain in your expression of art?
KSW: Sanand is known for its background in classical music and religious spirituality. Being in this environment has inspired me to illustrate photographs and paintings of our deities that I often visualise in my thoughts. I am also inspired by my native roots to revive the dying art that was earlier pursued by various artisans for different patrons.
The auspicious moli (sacred thread) which I have around my right wrist is considered to be very sacred and wards off evil in our religious tradition. I often use the moli in my artworks to accentuate the portrayal of the paintings of deities and photographs that I have clicked.
When I exhibit my artworks on social media, my music selection adds vibrancy to the artworks and rejuvenates the culture and classical tradition that Sanand stands for.
RC: Lastly, what is the road ahead for you in your art journey? Are there any pieces/ exhibitions in the pipeline? KSW: My journey with art is inseparable. I will continue to hold exhibitions from time to time and hope that the viewers enjoy it as much as i enjoy working on them.
Art is limitless. It has no borders, it allows the artist to explore different avenues thus bringing authenticity to their work. Art mediums transcend life forms to a different level, vision and thought to be shared by the viewers individually. For me, mixed media art has served as an ideal medium wherin I can use various mediums such as jewellery artefacts, safas, saris, textile and various forms or embroidery to portray the desired effect of our rich culture & tradition.