Illustrator, muralist, paper cut artist—Kashmira Sarode wears many hats

Illustrator, muralist, paper cut artist—Kashmira Sarode wears many hats

"Nature and folk arts are two constant inspirations”

By Rajashree Balaram  January 16th, 2020

We live in times of strange contradictions. Even as means and mediums of artistic expression are burgeoning in numbers, artists everywhere are being compelled to school themselves to more painfully constricting guidelines on rectitude. A new breed of artists though is dodging it all—and bravely so. They are the ones taking Instagram by storm as they showcase bold new concepts fearlessly, post after post, to a live worldwide audience 24/7. We got the fiery warrior Karishma Sarode to share with us their ammunition.

Kashmira Sarode: Sarode, is all about big leaps—from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art to stints with Locopopo, Design Temple, Bombay Duck Designs and Amar Chitra Katha to an illustration residency from SVA, New York and a travel residency in Iceland with Light Grey Art Lab.

 

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Major influences: “Certain influences from my childhood and from my mentors reflect in my work today. Nature and folk arts are two constant inspirations.”

 

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Why IG works—and when it doesn’t: “IG is as good as a compact personal website, making it easy for art directors to view your profile and connect with you. On the other hand, your work is vulnerable to plagiarism. Also, all that FOMO!”

 

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Stalking right now: Brian Rea for his clever illustrations, and Hari and Deepti for their intricate paper cut artworks.

Happiness project: “My murals, because of the people who come to help out. Complete strangers have come to assist me, and I’ve made some really good friends through the process.”

 

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Portfolio swag: Facebook, Google, WeWork, Penguin, GQ, Asian Paints. Her work has also been featured in the Museum of American Illustration, Pool, Kyoorius and Visual Disobedience