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Meet Ravina Oberoi of Visual Artist in Fenway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ravina Oberoi.

Ravina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My journey starts in India. I come from a land where the deep hues of red deck up the bride on her most important day, the deep orange marigold flowers bejewel almost every celebration, to the color blue which is associated with Lord Krishna, and to the green which symbolizes a new beginning of harvest and happiness – an expression of faith and beliefs. A land which consists of a nursery of temples and mosques. A land where a deep understanding of diversity is perhaps the only common thread that ties people together.

I believe that inspiration is the key source for creativity, it affects everyone in different ways. For me, my inspiration comes from feelings and emotions transpired through an adventure. I get inspired when I travel to new places and am most vulnerable. I have been exposed to various cultures in my country, and I cherish diversity. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world from the Far East to the far West collecting the most cherished moments. I pour these experiences onto a canvas in streaks of canary yellow, fiery red, and other vivacious colors.

For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about art. Art for me has been a form of communication. And I unfold these thoughts an feelings through paper-making, painting, and printmaking. I have spent years focusing on studio-based art at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston. During these years, I learned more about myself, my culture, and my community. It helped me recognize and appreciate the diverse perspectives I will encounter in an increasingly global community.

Has it been a smooth road?
Art, like love, like business, is about taking risks. It is a continuous process of struggles and challenges. When I am working, I never really how the artwork will turn out. It could be a disaster or a success. I risk that my work could fail. I risk that it could just be me who likes the work I created and no one else, and then I’m bound to be overly critical. I risk that I’ll never be a genius I wish I were in a society that seems to honor the very few extraordinarily talented ones or the ones who market themselves best as such. What I have learned so far is that; art is all about risk. It’s not easy; it’s hard, and it’s risky. But so is everything else!

At this point in life, I’m still finding myself. I fail, I learn, and I try again. I took a risk of leaving what I’ve always known back home and traveled into a world so important to me, yet so unknown. But if there is one thing I’ve learned is that creativity takes courage. And, I must be strong enough to be true to myself.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Being a visual artist, I work with collages, painting, and printmaking. I also do a lot of paper-making. The paper I make comes from fibers such as cotton linter, Kozo, abaca, recycled cotton fibers, and gampi. I tend to experiment a lot. I like multitasking on several different pieces at once to keep me stimulated. It helps me come up with new ideas. I notice the small details in everyday life and incorporate them into the work. I am intrigued by the often overlooked backgrounds, colors textures, patterns, shapes and the negative space in everyday materials. The process of re-constructing, cutting and pasting the shapes leads to the creation of an ever-growing and an intuitive visual experiment.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I believe that the city is rich in culture, arts, and heritage and it is a good place for a new business or for anyone who is starting out.

The city strikes a perfect balance between old and new.

In my opinion, art is everywhere. The city is changing and growing rapidly. One has to constantly keep-up, learn and improve upon the artistic skills. If you are really serious about wanting what you want, and to live a life that is satisfying and purposeful, you have to set meaningful goals and work hard to achieve those goals.

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