- Your artistic journey began in Santiniketan, India, where you focused on graphics and woodcuts. Can you tell us about the transitions and adaptations you've made in your style as you navigated different phases of your life and career?
Satabdi - Santiniketan holds a special place in my heart, as it marked the beginning of my journey towards independence. It was my first taste of exploring diverse experiences simultaneously. As a new medium, I chose printmaking/ graphics. For me, it was all about learning new things and adapting new methods, exploring different challenges. There, I portrayed the relationship between nature and human beings and different stories of life through etching, woodcuts, lithographs, etc.
After my master's from Santiniketan, I faced the challenge of not having a dedicated studio for printmaking endeavours. Furthermore, after five years of intense focus on printmaking, I was longing to break that and explore new possibilities.
I began creating drawings with pen and ink, all the while holding the essence of etching in my thoughts. Gradually, I began to experiment with various mediums, including acrylics and ink, on both paper and canvases.
After relocating to France, I encountered various challenges in a new foreign land along with the outbreak of COVID-19. I firmly believe that everything occurs for a purpose. During the tough time of covid situation, I realized the importance of natural elements and the value of recycling different materials. Gradually, my artistic journey started evolving as time passed, I started working with natural materials and mediums such as charcoal and ink, natural handmade papers.