: In our earlier conversation, you said that you don’t like to use toxic and artificial materials. Along with that you were always influenced by Bengal school - Tempera style mediums. Would you like to tell us more about your experimentation with different mediums and how you reached the decision on exploring tempera on Wasli, and the decision to move away from synthetic materials? Would you like to explore any other mediums & materials in future?
Sonali: I gravitate towards the use of natural and organic materials, drawing inspiration from the tempera style of the Bengal School. My chosen medium, classic tempera on Wasli (traditional Indian self-made paper), reflects my fascination with the intricate layers of our surroundings. Engaging with the paper, I manipulate folds and textures to encourage intimate observation. Incorporating materials such as hair, silk, wood, and fabric beads, I embrace a lifestyle that aligns with the natural and organic.
In my artistic expressions, I employ watercolour and traditional tempera on paper and Wasli paper, presenting my creations through installations. Within these works, I freeze moments from life, capturing static expressions amid tumultuous mental phases. My journey through art school directed my focus towards self-exploration and cultural traditions, particularly delving into ancient Indian art and the techniques of the Bengal School. The culmination of these influences is evident in my project "Joining Dots," which seeks to bridge ancient Indian culture with my personal artistic odyssey. Consistently driven by the spirit of experimentation, I explore diverse materials, mediums, and processes. Recently, my exploration has led me to delve into the traditional tempera process, aspiring to capture the essence of the earthy colours seen in the Ajanta cave paintings and relief sculptures. Drawing inspiration from the relief sculptures of Mahabalipuram, I endeavour to infuse their effects into my paintings.