Art is constantly in a state of flux and what you see today, you do not see tomorrow. It is a strange space riddled with conundrums of different sorts. In the modern world of art, the path to recognition is often dotted not only with great creations but also brilliant networking ability, rather the talent to be present at the right place, at the right time. While a lot of people make it to the top one way or the other, there are so many others in this world who go about celebrating art, in perfect obscurity. The anonymity of existence and the space that this provides is cardinal to their art, and bringing them out into the open becomes a consecrated task for the immense inspiration that they are. One such brilliant artist is Aruna Harish - the lady who creates magic with her hands!
“There is a beautiful thing inside of you that is thousands of years old. Too old to be captured in poems. Too old to be loved by everyone. But loved so very deeply by a chosen few”!
Thinking about Aruna, these lines by Nikita Gill seem so very true. And as you get to know her, you realize that there is something within her, quite like a perennial fountain of creativity that can neither be defined, nor shackled within tiny frames accorded by definition or practice. One day she could be found writing, another day you find her dipping her brushes into watercolour, acrylic or oil and painting an Arabian desert, yet another day she is found sculpting clay into a Ganesha, or making a gemstone tree and so on! There are brilliant writers, poets, artists, sculptors and so on in this world and then there are Creators – people whose creativity flows unbridled through myriad forms and expressions.
She is essentially a self-taught artist who has been experimenting for the past so many years with different types of art. There is a perpetual student within her, one who is always in search for newer art forms to master – someone who finds a learning opportunity in every twist and turn of life. Over time, she has attended so many different workshops and courses in art that today her art indulgence that began mostly as pencil sketching and crafting has diversified into an amazing array of modern forms of art and craft. She has attended workshops and courses like mini loom weaving, crochet, glass melting and glass bead making, watercolour painting, oil painting, fabric painting, gemstone tree making, Pyrography, Macrame, pottery using wheel, Terrarium, portrait sculpting, Zentangle art, Decopatch and glass painting. She has also been making fabric dolls, curios and relief sculpture using clay, handmade greeting cards and embroidery.The list is endless!
It has been nearly three decades of a life well spent making art, yet, she has never tried to show her remarkable works at an exhibition; you don’t find her art being reviewed by critics and you would neither find her compulsively networking with the crème de la art society! In this day and age of biennales across the world, when artists hop from gallery to gallery, feverishly liaising connections, clinching trophies, it is her Instagram blog (www.instagram.com/aruna.harish) that serves to connect lovers of her art and friends with her creations.
Each day Aruna goes about doing her art within the privacy of her apartment in Kuwait, a portion of which serves as her modest studio. In this little space there are no deadlines, there is no commissioning. The walls of her home in Kuwait are decorated with paintings; tables and shelves are stacked with sculptures and other artifacts and most of these are the creations of Aruna and her two exceedingly talented children! What makes her the ideal inspirational woman is perhaps not just the multiplicity of her practice but her resilience in the face of the challenges that life has thrown at her. Sometime in 2016 an accident that injured her right wrist followed by a failed procedure to correct her ailing wrist, pushed her into a painful hiatus when there was very little art she could make. But she recalls how one day she was miraculously cured while attempting to sketch a Krishna art work! Driven by her deepest desire to return to the call of her life, she slowly started limping back into art and since then there has been no looking back.
She is married to Harish Unnikrishnan who is a software professional in the Oil Sector in Kuwait and an ace photographer. Together they embark on marvelous travels, exploring the beautiful world beyond the home where nature the greatest muse and artist alike keeps the fire of creativity burning!