Artist Spotlight | Poonam Sharma
Do you have any upcoming events or projects that you would like to share?
"Under the glaze" is my latest project, funded by the RBC Arts Access Fund. This project is designed for my professional development with a focus on Jaipur's ancient folk art called 'Blue Pottery'. Through learning Blue Pottery, I would like to promote it globally. It is considered to be a dying art due to the highly laborious work and skill that it requires. This is a five-week project in which I will be working directly with local and highly skilled Jaipur artisans in Rajasthan, India, with more than 20 years of experience.
I am also exploring other folk and tribal arts of Rajasthan through various workshops with local artisans, such as hand block printing, miniature paintings and carpet weaving.
What is your creative process like?
I have always been a student of art. Even when considering myself as a contemporary folk artist, I can never stick to a specific style. I believe in learning new as well as old and ancient art forms from my surroundings. They become part of my creativity. I believe in rejuvenating my art every time I try to create something.
How has your style changed over the years?
Being born and brought up in a city so rich in art and culture [Jaipur] always inspired my creativity. In 2013, when I came to Canada, I gained a new perspective and began to explore contemporary folk art. My surroundings have always had a huge impact on my work and thoughts.
Photos courtesy of www.facebook.com/UnderTheGlazeProject