Courage To Create
This year, many unexpected events took place, things that no one had ever imagined over the past decades. We got a lot of time to spend with our own souls, rethink our decisions, our deeds, many unanswered questions got the right time to come in front of us.
Did I do anything good for the world?
Am I self-contented?
Am I the best version of myself?
Why did I prevent myself from enjoying every single moment in my day?
What and who did I take for granted in life?
We were almost lost in the buzzing thoughts, many didn't know how to fight this chaotic situation. One of the things that helped us reconnect with ourselves was ART. This Art is a very unique element of our lives. It helps us escape all fearful feelings, combat depression, and takes us to a beautiful world to return back with hope and optimism, but many times it also pushes us from our fancy bubble to see how was life during a specific era.
Years ago, when I started painting using old and expired cosmetics, I had one goal: I want to see my planet full of life once again, fascinating and beautiful as if it got a makeover! I was the first artist globally to take waste sticky, melting, and dry products from people and recreate in an eco-friendly way. It was the process and the cause that motivated me to continue and work harder to prevent more cosmetics from reaching the landfills. I introduced a new word, naming myself Artientifique (A person who practices Art and Science simultaneously).
Statistics kept pouring in, words started framing into sentences to spread awareness about the vast destruction caused to nature by just throwing away one lipstick in the bin. Many young students joined in as volunteers, together we were creating a huge impact across continents. Today, Artientifique has reached several countries, makeup painting is not only a form of art, but it is also an environment conservation activity, a symbol of beauty turned into beauty.
In the hustling bustling busy world, where there is no time to even watch the flock of birds flying swiftly above our heads, the mesmerizing shades of the colorful sky. I just wished if there could be some kind of a pause button to make us realize how cute the squirrel in the backyard looks after grabbing its nuts, understand that every fall gives you a new beginning, raindrops are a perfect example. It was then when I decided to reflect on these values in my artworks, which would act as a pause button for us. Something more than a painting, a frame making you smile, as if it was a mirror. It should give you a chance to stand still and dive deep, observe every single detail, then enjoy the big picture.
During the lockdown, Art has energized us, tickled our brains to come up with innovations. Everything created during this period will be a part of History, we are penning down its words. Every creation in quarantine will possess a unique identity, a different perspective. In March, we called out for writers, poets, bloggers on social media, these creatives were to be published in an E-Magazine as our quarantine project, released on World Environment Day 2020. In April, I announced the #MakeupPainters #CreateFromHome initiative, inviting all artists across the globe to join me in creating unique pieces of art from their beauty products, believing that this would help them learn something new in isolation, and many females actually discovered the hidden artist within themselves. I was so happy to see them take a step towards saving our planet, supporting #artientifique.
You need to take a lot of preventive measures while working with discarded cosmetics. I wear gloves, cover my nose if needed, making sure no waste residues are left on the desk. Every cosmetic bottle/tube/palette needs to be cleaned first before upcycling the material inside it so that it becomes germ-free and safe to use for the artist. I have separate tools for extracting the material, designing motives, creating new textures, intensifying the color, and improving their durability.
These tools are not mixed with my other art tools at all. If you are working with one or two products, you may not feel the need to do all this, after all, it is your own makeup and you know its condition. But when I work in my art studio, I mean kilos of cosmetics, literally big boxes full of oozing foundation, and leaking nail paint, broken shadow palettes, and dry kohl. But when these products are given a new identity as an exclusive painting to adorn our walls, they again show us that beauty is everywhere, we just need to search for it and value its presence.