“I am a people watcher”, she says.
The quote she enounced at an interview with a daily. A girl born and brought up in Kochi, a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. The second most populous city in the state, no wonder why her eyes caught up with so many avatars. Taarika John is an illustrator and visual artist based in Mumbai, India. She has already been famous after her solo show titled “Life In Progress” that happened at Cochin this October(16-21). Her work that attracted many eyes and are still attracting is ‘The Malayalee Alphabet’. Fervid to know more?
Taarika John, the Art-lover:
Educated from Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, where she specialized in Visual Communication. It was in between her internship that she first got inspired from places around her. “My work is influenced by observations of daily life and local culture and I am passionate about storytelling in every form. I enjoy people-watching and finding elements of interest in the ordinary and translating them into my work. I am also a compulsive reader, Seinfeld enthusiast and lover of filter coffee”, This is the intro Taarika’s webpage eulogizes about her.
How Taarika John’s Art Works are Born?
Isn’t it a cool likeness of people she came across? What did you say, the people she came across! Yes, here is what this unique artist say, “Usually, when I’m out and about, I keep a journal with me. I usually end up drawing whatever I see. This is sort of process that I developed over many years. So a lot of my work is based on observations from different experiences in my life.” Her Instagram page @taarikajohnart, is worth a follow and 422 likes (the number of posts Taarika made hitherto, but definitely many more in the days to come).
If the question is who is Zubeida, here is the answer, “Zubeida lived near my grandmother’s house which was near the zoo in Thiruvananthapuram. I was there on holidays,” recalls Taarika. Her art introduces one to the Southern state of India, men wearing mundu(the cloth men usually drape around lower abdomen), men having kodavayar(paunch), women wearing the very simple antediluvian clothes, still all looking so perky! Malayalee alphabets won her all applause even gave her self-actualization. Wishing to own one of her works, it is available in single prints or as a series, in canvas and on paper. Mail her at: [email protected]
Taarika John is undoubtedly an artist who has held to her roots, her illustrations bring smile, her art has a profundity that is rare to behold.