Dipti Pandey is an Indian artist, who was born and brought up near the suburbs of Mumbai city. Now she is based in one of the suburbs of Mumbai. Dipti completed her formal education from two states of India, gaining a Diploma in Fine Arts from Mumbai and Post Diploma in Fine Arts from Gujarat. Her distinctive style is based on minimalism and she generally likes to work in mixed media.
"Most of my works are based on abstract minimalism. While eliminating non required things from the surface I go into a meditative state. We all want to reduce unwanted things from our lives. This is what I am trying to express in my painting. This is a conversation with myself even if I am surrounded with by a crowd."
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
It was in my school days I decided to do painting all my life. I always liked the painting class as it was stress-free, no burden, no expectations of higher marks. So if anyone asked me what I wanted to do in my future then always my answer was that” I want to be an Artist”
How would you describe your style?
My works are more towards abstract minimalism.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
Abstraction always gives you the liberty to see work in all possible ways. At the same time, minimalism helps to eliminate the things which are not appropriate for my works.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
Everything that touches my heart I want to express. It may be an animal, bird. Tree, building, person, situation, or even cloth can inspire me to do work.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged/inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
My family has always encouraged me. Yes… I am fascinated by other artists. In Indian artist, it’s Nasreen Mohammadi, Zarina Hashmi, Anish Kapoor, and in international artists, Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko, Anslem Keifer, Jackson Pollok.. the list will go on.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I enjoy working in mixed media. Most of my works have multiple mediums such as white cement, paper mache, silver leaf, gold leaf. It depends on the concept of what medium will be appropriate for the work. some times I use only white paper pulp.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
I like to work on human emotions. So, it is more of my connection, reactions, thoughts about outer worlds, and events.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
Even though I am not painting it’s always in my subconscious mind. I always try to be in connection with myself. It’s a constant dialogue between me, my mind, and the outer world. Usually, I get connected to the concept during this conversation and then I decide about the material or which surface or medium to execute the work.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is it more a case of when the moment is right you work?
I do my studio practice from home. My day is like every normal human being. I don’t have any set routine. I balance my time between my household work and studio practice.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
Some times I focus on one work. But, many times I start working for the next work till the previous work’s layers dry. I don’t want to miss the flow of my connection. So I keep working till I get tired.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
If I look back and evaluate my process I see that my concepts thought process is more clear now. From abstraction, it has moved to minimalism.
Which of your artworks are you most proud?
Amongst all my work the favourite is “Silent Conversation”. This work is most close to my heart.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
I admire artist Sudhir Pandey who happens to be my husband. I am married to him only because of his works. His way of using found objects are spontaneous and not restricted. Like me, he also follows his heart.
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period/era that you would like to have been involved in?
Yes… I would love to go back to the era when minimalism started.
What challenges do you feel the 21st-century artist has to overcome?
21st Century Artist are facing the challenge of the digital era. The computer has made communication and information easy, but it is also taking away humans from each other. Everything has become personalized which is making mankind self-centred. This is very harmful to any Artist.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
I am too young to advise anyone.
Despite having developed your distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
Yes. I like Antony Gormley's works. He has a specific way to simplify the human form.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci labored away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
I do have a habit of working on one work over and over again till I come to the point that there is nothing more I can do in this work. sometimes I rework on the same canvas even after feeling that this work is completed. Few works turned out to be completely different than what I started.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject/theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expressing your creative nature?
Yes… I do believe that an artist should be able to explain his/her artwork because it is the artist who goes through the process first. In my country, there is a very specific class who like to see Abstract work. The larger audience has a different idea about the abstraction. So, in such a society one needs to explain the process to create awareness or to educate the viewer.
What are you working on at the moment?
Coronavirus brought everything on standstill. I live in the city where even if you don’t want your bang to someone and others. But because of lockdown no movement. Everyone is on Pause mode. Sometimes I get frustrated to see people. Currently, I am working on this concept. I have not decided on the title yet.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group/movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?
I have participated in many group shows but was never a part of any movement