Rishma Mariya Johnson

The artworks I create are reflections of my emotions, daily life and things that touch me, my workspace resonate the same. In the initial days of my course, on finding that I will have to work from home due to Covid restrictions,  the first thing I did was turn my bedroom into a makeshift studio. A workspace not just to create art but for regular video calls and classes too. Since I was introduced to more new materials, I had to find creative and convenient ways to accommodate those Materials like clay, in my tiny bedroom. Surrounding with lots of plants and the four walls with mural works, a starry night mural right behind worktable and mandalas on the other. I feel my artworks make the space more happening.The workspace is divided into two corners. An up-cycled table and an aisle become my online class tools, also a painting and sketching area.The other space on floor is a corner for idea generation and sculpting, textile design and other messy works ,making it easier to clean. I don't have any issues working in my own bed room so far. The timetable and schedule of my course is flexible,focusing one discipline at a time. currently pursuing BFA  foundation course and I wait keenly every week to know more about new materials and art forms to try . Every week or so I would arrange the materials and make changes in my workstation according to the time table. I enjoy practicing in my space. Also wish I could attend physical classes ,practice in the university studio, experience working with classmates whom I have only met online. I can't wait to join as soon as all the current pandemic crisis is under control, hopefully making our routines better.

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Rishma's studio

'Happening loops' or making constant changes in a  continuous motion takes place in the makeshift  studio as the art practices progress. Change is  important and sometimes confining to a particular  space, time could restrict the same, yet trials to  change things in our control and near proximity  never stops. It reminds the keen check in  possibilities of what can be done in the present. The  stagnancy in isolation is scary at many levels. And  it's unavoidable to make changes; movements yet  dissimilar motions shaping character to the objects I  reside with, thereby maintains an ongoing process,  never ending, but happening loops. 

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What are you going to take forward from this make-shift studio practice experience?

"As an artist who is figuring out and learning lot of new  things, my studio space keeps changing and I keep on adding and rearranging space accordingly. This practice  have helped me adapt to change and focus on the  maximum functionality of an available space. It has also taught me to work with what is available."

Rishma Mariya Johnson, BFA, 1st Year

rishmariya@protonmail.com