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Kritika’s romance with art and design didn’t begin young as does for most; she gradually journeyed into art, realised her prowess and then there was no looking back. ‘It was when I was 16 that I started enjoying drawing and art as I realised there is more than one way to draw’ she says, ‘It was during my time at Srishti School of Art and Design where I took to journaling very seriously and started living everyday through journals and sketchbooks.’

Fascinated by the mundane; Kritika finds inspiration in the blind spots of others. ‘I could be easily inspired by a matchbox lying on the street or even a well written book. Something that I consciously try to do in all my work is let the content drive the form.’ She explained her design flair ‘I also feel that my sensibility is very Indian but at the same time I would like it to have a global understanding.’

Her latest work is a graphic novel Excess; a comic satire on the fat shaming that women are subject to on a daily basis. ‘Excess comes from a very personal space of being shamed all my life, either fat or skinny.’ Giving us an insight into the creative process behind her book, she recalls being inspired by Naomi Wolf’s novel The Beauty Myth. Apart from Excess getting the recognition that it got, another successful project that the artist holds close to her heart is Evolve or Devolve, a publication that was completely hand screen printed and bound by her. ‘The project decodes the perceived gap that may or may not exist in the way a fan and a celebrity communicates by reducing original fan letters from yesteryear to a 140 character modern day tweet to observe if the meaning of the letter changed at all.’

From working with Campus Diaries, Airplane Poetry movement and Braject  to getting featured in magazines like Kyoorius and For Print Only; Kritika has made sure she keeps evolving with time. ‘At Airplane Poetry Movement, they required me to do a set of posters and graphics in which I played around with a specific colour palette and made illustrations around poetry and writing whereas with a company like Braject, I had to use my artwork as a means to remove misconceptions about “bras” and also to make stories of individuals appealing to a larger audience. This is where I used hand type for the first time as well.’

From her early steps into the design industry, Kritika’s skill has found space in almost every medium. Currently relishing the freelancer life in Kolkata, the promising young artist hopes to have her own studio someday; ‘somewhere between art and design and while not specifically catering to either one of those, yet bridging the gap in between.’ 

 

Text Rhea Dangwal

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