In light of her upcoming solo exhibition “The Genesis” at Chomp, local artist Amonwan Dolly Mirpuri spoke to District-W about her collection of modern artworks of cross-cultural symbolism.
District W: When did you start creating art?
Dolly: I’ve always been into art and design since I was young. I always had a clear idea of what I like and what I’d want to spend my life doing.
District W: Why did you started doing art?
Dolly: I have all these ideas and visions, you know. I have dreams. I feel the need to share it with people. I feel like I have to get my point across. I need people to see what I see. There is meaning in what I do. There is definition to it. It’s always gotta have meaning, for me. Weight. All these ideas and for it to just always be an idea just doesn’t make any sense. I feel like if you have something good, you’ve gotta share it – that goes to the Truth that inspired my art. Art makes the world go round. Art and love makes the world go round. It makes you think, it makes you feel. It was a powerful hold on us. The world is beautiful because of artists, musicians, poets, and sculptors. We are such a creation of the Universe. We cannot let our ideals fade and die. We are creators. I don’t know what I would be doing if I was not creating.
District W: What inspires you to make art?
Dolly: Art, experience, history and knowledge but mostly spirituality and people. People who have inspired me and people who I wish to inspire. As a young alternative artist and being in the art scene and around people has shown me things that have made me realize that as human beings, we have been misled a long way and most of us are lost and hollow. All the things that we are surrounded by are damaging for us, mentally, physically and spiritually. It’s destroying. The media, body shaming, are distracting us from focusing on the right thing, our inner selves and our journey. We have come to focus on the things that do not matter. It’s cancer to our souls. It’s steering us far away from our true meaning of ourselves. I want to create a movement that will steer us back to the path away from self destruction, self hate and negativity and onto the path of love and harmony and TRUTH.
And partly what motivates me is fear. The fear of having lived my whole life without any achievements or accomplishments. Fear of not having made an impact or not having done something great for the community and speak with my art.
District W: How do you handle this fear?
Dolly: I feel that have nothing to lose. I create art for the sake of art, and not expecting something in return.
District W: What do you want people to get out of your exhibition?
Dolly: I want people to be able to resonate with my art, its symbolism and meaning. I want it to have a positive impact on them. For them to question their existence. Why are we here and what does it mean. Why must we walk on this journey of spirituality towards self realization. As I continue to create art and also seek the answers to these question for myself, I want to invite the audience to grow with me as my art and I progress together.
District W: Where do you see yourself in five years ?
Dolly: Continuing to create and evolve as a being and an artist, while still remaining young, playful and curious.