With | Mamta Sharma
An HR professional, Mamta rediscovered and pursued her love for colours during the Lockdown. Once she picked up the brush, there was no stopping her. She completed a series of 30 paintings in merely three months. WEQIP got an opportunity to have a heart-to-heart with her; not only about her collection, but also about her journey, what drives her and how her art fills colours in one’s life (both literally and figuratively) through hope and positivity.
WEQIP: Give us a brief background about yourself
Mamta: I am an HR professional with a buried ambition, until now. The lockdown gave me the opportunity to spend some real time on my dreams and nurture the Artist in me. I am humbled with all the love I am getting because of my ART and the person I am becoming because of this experience. I hope through my ART I can reach and connect with a wider audience and make their lives colourful.
WEQIP: You are not a professional artist. How and why did you take up painting?
Mamta: I have always been fascinated with colours and this trait reflects loudly in various elements of my life including my home décor, my choice of fashion, accessories etc. Colours define me in a very holistic way. I was active in my school days in all creative pursuits but never pursued anything professionally. Lockdown gave me an opportunity to reflect upon a few things which I had missed in my life. Artwork was the instant answer as it is not only therapeutic, but it also gave me a free pass to indulge my soul.
WEQIP: Talk a little about this project where you created 30 pieces in 3 months!
Mamta: The lockdown was beginning to suck my energy mentally and physically. I was seeking a positive outlet to stay motivated. After 5 dozen calls, I managed to arrange canvas, brushes, acrylic paints all delivered right at the doorstep. All I had to do was to let colours do the talking. I wanted my work to be utterly incomprehensible and full of deep significance. I expressed in abundance, limitlessly, and made most of the lockdown to rediscover myself. I loved the person I was becoming while creating the art through my bristles. In three months, I had 30 exclusive canvases staring into my eyes, speaking their own language.
WEQIP: Share the personal journey you went through while creating these artworks.
Mamta: It was definitely the best time of my day. With increased household work and office work, it required discipline to live up to this Art dream of mine. I used to spare a couple of hours in afternoon, or post dinner and forget the world around for some time. Art enabled me to find myself and lose myself at the same time. I experienced the famous Robin Sharma quote “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” In the process I was able to establish a deeper connection with my soul, as I painted the canvas with a different pair of eyes.
WEQIP: How is your personality reflected in your work?
Mamta: As mentioned earlier I wanted my work to be utterly incomprehensible and full of deep significance, just how I want to live my life. I believe that the smallest things have the potential to make the biggest difference in life. Through my ART I attempt to bring a blend of vibrancy, effervescent calmness, independence, and humbled power into the canvas.
WEQIP: Your pieces are mostly abstract in nature. What is the underlying theme you want your audiences to experience?
Mamta: I love abstract Art because I believe that we are all unique in our own ways. Each one of us is capable of having an independent and totally different conversation with an abstract piece of Art. Somewhere abstractness perfectly connects the randomness of life in a very smooth and effortless way. It demonstrates that black and white can still coexist and still look beautiful. The sun and the moon can some together in a frame, like they do in the universe. Such is the power of abstract Art.
WEQIP: Your paintings are a riot of colours. Help us understand the process by which you select such colour combinations.
Mamta: This is certainly a gift which I cherish the most. Colours are like family members who live in the same house together, happily. To me the play of bright colours is like that notorious kid in the house who brings everyone alive, and the more the merrier. I just love playing with colours. They define the way you see the world around. My choice of colours certainly depends on my mood, the theme, and the message I want to convey through my Artwork.
WEQIP: How can art inspire hope and positivity?
Mamta: Art in itself is a symbol of hope and positivity. You can stare at the canvas and imagine infinite possibilities of hope and happiness. Just like music strikes a chord with the soul, Art is the bridge of harmony between you and your dreams. Going deeper, it’s a mystical meditation full of magic. People take pills to heal, I prefer to pick up the brushes instead.
WEQIP: Has art helped you bounce back from a difficult day?
Mamta: Several times I found my husband sitting on the couch for 2 hours continuously, watching me paint the canvas. Watching a plain piece of canvas turn into a story of your own is healing. Honestly, I had fewer difficult days since my mind was always dreaming about the next story on the canvas.
WEQIP: Share more about few pieces which are close to your heart.
GALAXY: Everybody has a little bit of the sun & moon, darks and lights in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.
HOPE: When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. That is the power of Hope. The power to have a better tomorrow, power to smile more, power to be more hopeful in everything we do.
REFLECTIONS: Self-reflection is a humbling process. It is essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things. Everything in your life reflects a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice. I am a reflection of my own soul and I want my Art to enlighten my reflection.
WEQIP: Any message to those who are tentative in picking up a brush as they do not have the required skills.
Mamta: No one is born with skills, perhaps we develop instincts on what we want to convey and communicate. ART is a way of expression. I would urge everyone to unlock your creative side. Don’t worry about the final outcome, just begin and you will evolve in your thoughts, your outlook and your creation on the canvas. This is exactly why a piece of ART is very difficult to recreate. Everyone is unique and nothing in the world should hold us from sharing our unique story with the world.
About Mamta Sharma:
Mamta Sharma, is an HR by profession with 16+ years of progressive experience in managing multiple facets of Human Resources spectrum. She has worked extensively in Consulting and Banking Industries. Mamta has always believed in the ‘Power of Positivity, Consistency, and Creativity’ and firmly believes that “Change is the only constant and we have to keep evolving ourselves. No matter how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying”.
She loves to travel and claims that travel helped her a lot in fuelling her creativity and helping her see different shades of life. Art is life to her, and she rejoices her time crafting her unique creations. Mamta is a pet parent and loves to spend time with her beautiful pet and adorable husband!
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