Getting to Know Mandala Artist – Madhusuja S.
It is said that Art is like poetry that enriches the soul, connects one to its deeper realizations and awakens the soul to a higher perspective. In the words of the master Leonardo Da Vinci, “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light“
With changing times, Art is not confined to canvas and oil painting only. We now have various forms and mediums of art and we feel that traditional or digital, every art piece is beautiful. The effort, love, and dedication that every artist puts in his or her work is something to be appreciated, valued, and treasured always. Instagram is a great platform where you can showcase your talents in any field, but especially in Art. So we at Weekendtrivia tried to connect to artists across the globe and tried to know them better for us and for our viewers. Starting Today with a Mandala Artist – Madhusuja S.
Madhusuja is an extremely talented, and warm-hearted person as well as an artist. she creates unique and intricate magic on papers and her passion for art clearly shines through her work. Read on to know more about her and her work.
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Q. Please introduce yourself.
I am basically from Chennai. Shifted to Mumbai after marriage. My husband is an Engineer. Got two college-going kids…a daughter and a Son.
Q. What made you start your art page? Please share what is your Instagram profile is all about and how did your journey start?
I have always been passionate about art. Im kind of a DIY person and I like trying different mediums . I got professional training in Tanjore Painting. Being a home artist I felt Instagram very inspirational and informative. I started my page @madhusuja.s to share my artwork with like-minded people all over the world. The positive feedback and encouragement I received helped me a lot. My page is all about the Mandala Art Form. Mandalas are so amazing and captivating. I try to bring in new styles and mix medium variations in mandalas.
Q. Is being an artist your full-time profession or do you work elsewhere? Is it possible to make out a sustainable career out of art in today’s world?
I worked as a Primary School Teacher 4 years ago. Art had always been my Hobby and passion which I do whenever I had a little free time. It is like meditation for me. It is so refreshing to create something…even if it be a simple doodle. And the satisfaction you get when you complete artwork is priceless. So when I quit my job due to some health issues I used the time available to get back to doing what I loved. I’m really not sure if a sustainable career could be made out of art. But I believe some amazing people out there are nailing it. If your passion and profession are the same it is really a blessing.
Q. What would you consider your biggest achievement so far?
I being recognized as an artist is a big achievement for me. I’m still learning. I’m thankful to all those kind people motivating me. My artworks being liked and encouraged by so many people feels so motivating, and I’m grateful and thankful to every one of them for this support.
Q. What is your signature style of art that represents you as an artist? What does your work aim to say? Do you address current world scenarios through your work?
Mandalas are my preferred form of art. It is a therapeutic and meditative form of art. I wish to spread this form of artwork through workshops to as many people I could. I do have done a few mandalas on wildlife conservation, cancer awareness etc. I would love to use my art for addressing current world scenarios for sure. I will work on that.
Q. What is your favourite medium to work upon? And your favourite work tools?
I’m happy to work with black pens and paper. Recently I have started working with watercolors and I’m totally loving it. I’m trying my hands with acrylics on canvas too. Yes, learning and experimenting.
Q. When you start a new piece of art, how do you get the inspiration/motivation it? How long does it take approximately to finish one piece of art?
Unless working on a theme my work is not planned much. I let it flow. The designs and the colours I use very much reflect my time and mood. I usually don’t force myself to finish any artwork. But sometimes you just can break the flow and work till the finish at one go. Otherwise, depending on the intricacy it may take 3 to 8 hours;.distributed over 2-3 days.
Q. Who are your biggest influences?
I’m influenced by the work I see on the online platforms. It is always a delight and an inspiration to see innovative and creative designs out of simple everyday things. I often find my work revolving around Nature, Mythology and Architectural marvels.
Q. How do you manage your family life along with other commitments and running a page?
I have dedicated the proper time for my art. I usually spend 4-5 hours a day for my art and for my page.
I totally understand that’s it is very important to balance family and work.
Q. What are the biggest challenges that you face as an artist? Is creative block a common problem?
The biggest challenge is trying to make a profession out of it. Monetising my artwork does seem very challenging. I need to pick up some marketing skills I guess. I have often heard artists talk about this creative block. Whenever there is anxiety or worry or anger I face this Creative Block, not otherwise: at least till now.
Q. Which current art world trends are you following if any?
Digital mandala artwork seems appealing and I do want to try it soon. I also wish to try mandalas with resin pouring and geode art forms.
Q. Apart from being an artist, what are your hobbies?
I love music and gardening (very little). I love visiting new places. I haven’t been able to go around due to certain family constraints…but my travel wish list is endless.
Q. Please share your experience with different brands/projects you have worked with?
The artwork I made for the Louie Phillip brand on its Africa collection was selected as one of the winning entries. I would love to work for brands and commissioned projects. I feel it would be a great opportunity to move out of your comfort zone and think beyond and out of the usual.
Q. There are a lot of shoddy people on social media who either try to discredit others or stalk them. How do you deal with such people or negativity in general? Does it bog you down or affect your mental peace?
Yes, I have often come across people who totally copy your work and refuse to give any credit to you. I just try sending them a message but usually get a rude reply or a total block. Though it does affect you. It is better to not think about it. Your peace of mind is more valuable than the behaviour of anyone. I try not to react to a situation that is not under my control.
Q. Would you like to give a word of advice to all the budding artists who are trying to make their mark through their art?
“Just love what you do. Enjoy it. Don’t look down on another artist every one of us had been a beginner once. Respect all. Create don’t Hate. Be yourself. Do not let anyone dull your sparkle.” These are somethings I tell myself…so would like to share those with all Creative Hearts.
Q. What are your future plans for your page and profile? Are you happy with the way it has shaped up?
I’m really grateful, thankful and blessed for the love and encouragement and the way my page has shaped up. I would want to do more on making it a career. I want to conduct workshops especially to spread this art form. Yes, I wish to reach more like-minded people through my page and help work for a cause.
Q. Lastly, any word for our blog? Thank you for your time! Your blog is doing a wonderful and commendable job by encouraging and motivating artists from all around by providing a platform to showcase their art. This is what we all need as budding artists …a A helping hand. Kudos to you all for this amazing work. I would be happy to be a part of any of your upcoming endeavours. It was totally my pleasure for having shared my simple thoughts with you. .Thanks to you for giving me this opportunity. My Best Regards and Wishes to you.
Thank you, Madhusuja for taking out time to talk to us, and having such a wonderful and heart-to-heart conversation. We love your work and look forward to your continuously bringing more Beauty to our feed! All the best <3