Meet the simply amazing Seema Pandey, a Delhi based art educationist, artist, curator and art critic. After doing Bachelors degree in fine arts from Jamia Millia Islamia University she has been teaching fine arts at a higher secondary school in Delhi. She was in Japan from 2008 to 2010 on Manbukagakusho scholarship for research in Art Education funded by Japanese government. She is also the recepient of ‘Pearson Teaching Excellence Award’. And, a very dear friend since a long long time! We have done the craziest of things together that no one knows, and this post is not going to talk about that either 🙂
Her works are in collection with Jamia Millia Islamia, Ashoka hotel New Delhi, Gallery in Sri Lanka, Bio- Rad (MNC working in the area of clinical diagnostics and health care) in Gurgaon, Ramjas School Pusa Road Delhi, Kyoto University of Education Japan; and also with some private collectors in India, US, UK, Singapore, Australia and Japan. How Impressive is That!
She also does freelance writing for Indian Creative Mind magazine & Canvas.
With so many feathers in her cap, she is truly amazing! She says, “A painting is either good, bad or indifferent; its label is of no consequence at all. I am basically a happy person and have great love of life. To me art is an expression of life and every time that I include an expression of life in painting, I produce art.”
And now the tête-à-tête!
Can you describe your creative process?
Since I started painting, it has always been like documenting incidences and memories. I used to be the central character of my paintings. I still am the center of my paintings but instead of recording or documenting memories I started documenting my state of mind. From figurative to semi realistic to nonrepresentational, my painting style has always been in a state of transition.
What sparks your creativity as an artist?
I like to paint, Painting gives me joy. For me process of painting is more enjoyable and important than the painting itself. I can get inspired by anything, it can be….a nice happy day spent with friends, nice weather, good day, bad day, happy moment, sad days…anything which is happening around me inspires me. I get affected by the happenings taking place in my surrounding. So for me painting is like documenting your experiences that become your memories, your mood, your state of mind.
I see lot of elements of graphic, modern design in your work, is this something you think about intentionally or is it subconscious?
Her free spiritedness and carefree attitude reflects in every bit of her works. I am totally inspired by the Colour Black in her paintings. What this inspiration leads to, is yet to be seen!