I seek to express myself in everything I do as honestly as I can… to myself. I know where I take a short cut, I know where I labour over a detail… because it has to be just right. It would be more correct to say… I am a temperamental artist. I paint in many mediums and on many supports. But, I also create in many ways, through many ways. Where ideas take form and fructify into something that is a joy to behold, for me. Sometimes it’s about the end goal… I know what that image will be and I am driven to create it just so. And then there are times when I don’t know the end goal, it’s all about the means. I paint, I sing, I quilt, I cook, I sew, I write… I love. I am all of that and more… and then some.

Come join me in my journey… it won’t be easy. I will drive you crazy at times and at others I will be mild and placid like the still waters on a calm lake. Don’t rile me, don’t push me, don’t cajole me, don’t distract me, don’t upset the balance. Join me as an observer, join me as a partner, join me as an equal… but be prepared to take me on. I won’t be silent. I may scream, I may mark you, I may even wound you. But, I promise to tend to those marks and wounds with more tenderness than you can imagine.

I told you I am a temperamental artist

Aarohi Singh has never seen things in black and white. Perhaps it is because of her education – she got a Masters in History, and history has more shades of grey than perhaps any other subject. Or perhaps it is because of her upbringing as an Air Force Officer’s daughter, which exposed her to the varied and cosmopolitan hues of life in the armed forces. Or maybe it is just the fact that she has never had her unique vision and aesthetic manipulated by a formal education in art.

Whatever the reasons, when Aarohi puts brush to canvas, it explodes into colours as vibrant as her personality and as bold as her thoughts – resplendent vermilion sings a duet with parrot green, ripe-mango yellow dances a tha-ri-ki-ta with monsoon-sky purple, peacock blue unabashedly couples with mithai pink. To anyone who has seen her work, it is clear that what informs, influences, and inspires her work is, literally, all around her – her country India.

Like India, Aarohi’s work defies and resists pigeonholing. She does not limit herself to any one kind of canvas – apart from paper and fabric, she has painted on walls, lamps, kettles, furniture and automobiles. Neither does she prefer one kind of medium over another, expressing herself as felicitously in watercolours as she does in oils, pastels, pen and ink, papier mache, and mixed media. Her themes are as varied as her interests – landscapes, portraits, nazar-battoos, Hindu gods, Bollywood, the Kama Sutra, and once, even a T-Rex! – on a customised piece of furniture for an eight-year-old. And while she usually likes to work with vivid colour, she has her quiet phases too
– times when only the mildest colour-washes are brought in, to highlight certain elements of an otherwise pristine sketch.

Aarohi’s creativity, however, is not limited to canvas alone. She paints in Oil, Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastels and works on Paper, Canvas, Metal, Cardboard, Wood, Fabric. Unlike a lot of artists who prefer to work in one maybe two mediums, Aarohi paints on almost anything.She is also a skilled seamstress who has been known to design her own and her friends’ clothes/ bags and accessories, a natural interior designer who has lent her talent to spaces such as Bacchus and Nxtlyf, and an instinctive and passionate cook who can never make a dish the same way twice. In her more reflective and philosophical moments, this mom of two writes poetry.

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