My name is Pon and I am an Indian-American. I moved to the US in my early 20s. Growing up in Madurai, a small town in Southern India, children are encouraged to become doctors, engineers or scientists. But something changed all that for me. It all started when at the age of 13, I bought 3 tubes of color – Red, Blue and Yellow with the pocket money that I made helping my dad with his small business. I didn’t know it then, but those colors began to dance around in my head. At the time, I didn’t even realize that someone could have a career as an artist. And even when I graduated from Yale University years later - every time I came across art – I found myself becoming that 13 year-old self. Living in the US opened up a whole new art world with its beautiful museums and amazing art galleries. I think art transcends borders and boundaries, and brings people from different walks of life and different opinions and beliefs together.
I have lived and traveled extensively around the country and abroad. My travels and the people I meet are my inspiration. I am fascinated with the small brush strokes of French impressionism and the minimalistic art of Japan. A visit to the Japanese paper store inspired me to create a whole new series. I knew instinctively that I had to incorporate Japanese rice paper in my work.
I am fascinated with colors and the patterns they create in nature. I am inspired by the journey of the human race and its growth in spite of the challenges. I use rice paper to depict growth over layers of bright colors. As a visual art in a semi abstract style the totally different interpretations from the audience keeps me intrigued and motivated. I am a self-taught artist and I use acrylic medium for it its versatility.
I am happy to share that my painting, "Organic Growth" just won a Special Merit Award at the Annual Abstracts Art Competition.