Since 2013, Darshan Singh Grewal is travelling and working as an independent artist, ranging from urbanized cities to rural settlements his work place alters along the incessant journeys. His photographs were part of the theme “Identity” at the Desi Canvas. In an Email interview, he talks shares his life philosophy:
Ashish: What is the story behind you becoming an artist?
Darshan Singh Grewal: Happiest memories of my childhood center around my experimental instinct to craft things. After completing graduation in Architecture, my intuitive calling propelled me to travel along the breadths of my country to experience diverse life culture.
“To explore is more astounding than to settle”.
“Nomadic solo journeys, transform us entirely. The way we experience unbound nature and life in unknown terrains enriches our spirit”.
Immersed in melody, spell bound by cogent metaphors subsist in diverse life culture I bethought to align the essence of my learning and explorations with my work pursuance, thus began an integrated creative practice encompassing Visual Art, Craft, Installation, Poetry, Performance Art and Film.
Since 2013, I am travelling and working as an independent artist, ranging from urbanized cities to rural settlements my work place alters along the incessant journeys.
Ashish: What inspires you to put your energy into art?
Darshan Singh Grewal: For me, Art is a medium and a process of exploring “self” through dynamic observations, experiences, experimentation and flow of practice.
This exploration is my inspiration.
Ashish: What materials do you use in your artworks?
Darshan Singh Grewal: I do experiments in creating my artwork and I like working with mixed media.
Ashish: Who is/are your favorite artist(s)? And why?
Darshan Singh Grewal: Andy Goldsworthy, because his ways of working with natural materials to create artwork inspire me a lot. I love creation that stays and naturally decays with time.
Ashish: How do you see the economics of art in India?
Darshan Singh Grewal: I don’t know. I have never explored and analyzed this.