Sudeepti Tucker, an artist from Delhi explains how art can be beautifully preposterous. She invites you to witness the bold strokes and designs taking life in her artworks. From sailing through space to elsewhere, she doesn’t shy away from letting her mind pick a story from a parallel universe.
Her creative element takes form through the rhythm of music. In a candid chat with us, she shares stories from that parallel universe, and how nature, mythology and music seem to find their way through her patterns.
Hey there, Sudeepti, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve spent most of my life in Delhi, although we’ve always travelled a lot. I come from a big family, with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins and I happen to be the youngest. And If I recall correctly I was a selfish kid. My stationery collection was the reason for my pride as well as my downfall. Luckily for me, painting and drawing started at an early age. The familiarity with which I hold a pencil or a paintbrush is a large part of how I know with certainty now that I have found what many people spend a lifetime trying to figure.
I’m currently working at Quick Brown Fox Design, which is a graphic design and illustration studio. I’m also freelancing, and pursuing all the life things I put on hold because of college. This year has been about big changes but I’m so grateful for how positive they’ve all turned out to be.
Does your artwork reflect any special cultural traits? Do you include inspirations from your surroundings in your work?
Image making is very intuitive for me so it’s difficult to say what influences I draw from. But larger themes of nature, mythology and the universe will forever hold immense fascination for me. Also I have noticed that music, detail and patterns seem to find their way in anyhow.
How influential has studying at the National Institute of Design been in moulding your artistic vision?
NID started out as a bit of a dream when I was in the 5th grade and first heard about it. In retrospect I can say that it has played a big part in breaking open my head so far out that it has space to accommodate and grow with every new thing and every new experience. That’s something I definitely could not have learnt from school. Also, four years worth of mostly bad ideas and maybe some great ones kind of prepares you to deal with both failure and success and keep your head about you either way. So those would be two really useful life hacks I have stepped out with.
“THE FAMILIARITY WITH WHICH I HOLD A PENCIL OR A PAINTBRUSH IS A LARGE PART OF HOW I KNOW WITH CERTAINTY NOW THAT I HAVE FOUND WHAT MANY PEOPLE SPEND A LIFETIME TRYING TO FIGURE.”
Explain to us about the life cycle of an idea in your mind. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?
If I was asked this last year I’d say I lose the idea some twenty times before I find it again on paper. Or find a new one. But lately I’ve been trying to inculcate clarity of thought, both in my approach to graphic design, where it is of utmost importance, as well as in illustration, where it makes the journey of creating something for its context that much more meaningful.
Give us a picture of your inventory, what tools do you use to get that desired output?
The basics are my pencil case, which honestly has maybe one pencil and a whole bunch of colored pens that don’t work. My brushpen that I parts love and hate. A bunch of Pigma microns in different sizes. A set of watercolor bricks, brushes and some poscas (golden poscas are devil whisperers). Recent additions include a set of Copic markers and a most fabulous box of 72 inktense blocks that I have been waiting to try out.
What are the kinds of challenges you face while working for a commercial project?
My most definitive challenge has always been self discipline. When I master that, and I am getting there, consequent challenges of time management and keeping deadlines will sort themselves out.
According to you, what is your greatest work so far?
I am far from attributing greatness to any of my work 😉
Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?
It is fair to say that we don’t share a great relationship. Things never work out when I’m buddies with procrastination, who happens to be a selfish succubus. So I try to keep my sights focused on the present and spend as much time in it as I can.
“MY MOST DEFINITIVE CHALLENGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SELF DISCIPLINE.”
Five years from now, how do you see yourself in the art scene of India?
I hope to be killing it. But I’ll settle for being very extremely happy with my work also. The former is more likely though. Ha.
What about music? How influential is it while you work at getting a creative output? Oh and could you let us have a peek at the top songs in your playlist right now?
If I were to describe this crudely, music is the tunnel that takes me from where I am to where I want to be, which is the other side of an idea, or a feeling, or a question, or the night. I find it to be meditative and therapeutic.
“IF I WERE TO DESCRIBE THIS CRUDELY, MUSIC IS THE TUNNEL THAT TAKES ME FROM WHERE I AM TO WHERE I WANT TO BE, WHICH IS THE OTHER SIDE OF AN IDEA, OR A FEELING, OR A QUESTION, OR THE NIGHT. “
With internet bringing the world together, do you think art is becoming more mainstream in India?
Everything is becoming mainstream. Art is no exception. Although of course, this is high tide.In time, we are sure to be drawn once more to the obscure and unrecognized, whether it be art in some form or something all together new.
What’s the most dangerous thing that appeals to you?
Sleep. Calls to me like a damned siren.
What is that one thing that keeps you going?
The abundance of things is what keeps me going! So much to do and see and try and find and be.
If you could wish for one, and only one superpower, what superpower would you chose?
Indisputable memory. And then perhaps my obsessive reading habit will yield some payback. That or flight.
How has the journey been with Cupick thus far?
It has been pleasant and rewarding 🙂