Resin artist-turned-entrepreneur Abhigna Kedia on love, life, and the idea of ‘perfect happiness’
The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularised by Marcel Proust, the French essayist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.
Abhigna Kedia is a resin artist who creates expressionistic paintings. She paints with mixed media by layering acrylic paints, inks, pigments and resin. Her art is deeply instinctive and emotional. With an approach as fluid as her art form, she believes in keeping her art ‘open to any form of interpretation’. While the unpredictable and indestructible nature of the art form drew Abhigna to Resin Art, her fascination with adding layers and having ‘conversations with colours’ makes her work special. She lives in Bangalore and holds an Advanced Diploma in art from Srishti School of Art and a degree in Visual Arts from Chitrakala Parishath. Abhigna also has her own website where she sells her artwork.
Here are her responses to our Proust questionnaire…
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I think “perfect” and “happiness” are an oxymoron. Happiness is a choice, and perfection is not just a choice.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my loved ones!
What is the trait you deplore in yourself?
Not calling and messaging people. I also wish I was better at telephonic conversations!
Which living person you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
Create! Create! Create!
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Early to bed and early to rise.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I forget to call someone,
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I am not that humble :)
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A sense of humor. It’s a rarity nowadays.
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What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Not having any hangups.
Which phrases or words do you most overuse?
“Something” and “Anything”.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would give an arm and a leg to be a good singer.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what it could be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The “greatest” hasn’t come yet.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what it would be?
I would come back as the same person.
Where would you most like to live?
Te Anau in New Zealand.
What is your most treasured possession?
A recent work I created in memory of my grandmother.
What is your most marked trait?
Being able to observe emotions. That’s the main source of inspiration for my work.
What do you most value in your friends?
That they bear with me despite not keeping in touch.
Who are your favourite writers?
I love poetry, so I would say, Christopher Poindexter and Rumi.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad and my father-in-law.
What is your greatest regret?
Why have any regrets? I just move on!
How would you like to die?
In my sleep.
What is your motto?
Fluidity is the key to conquering life.
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