Musings: Interview With Kritika Trehan

Kritika Trehan is an illustrator and graphic artist currently based in Kolkata. A graduate of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, she attributes her love for art to her training. Kritika’s artwork embodies several aspects of nature and human life. She can be bold and provocative yet throw in subtle humour to make her artwork truly versatile.

In a conversation with Cupick, Kritika reveals her passion and persistence for art and jer dream of working with Jean Jullien. Discover Kritika’s artwork only on Cupick at Cupick.com/kritika


INTERVIEW

We’re glad we could finally get to this chat, welcome- Kritika! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am originally from Calcutta but have been staying in Bangalore for the past four years, and absolutely love the city. I recently just finished my graduation from Srishti School of Art and Design and am back home until someone gives me a job!

How did you realize that art was an essential element of your perspective?

Art and Design became a huge part of my everyday only after joining Srishti. I was never the kid who used to draw, in fact I pretty much dreaded drawing classes. Drawing only interested me in college where I took to journaling very passionately and have never left it ever since.

Are there any particular themes you like to explore in your work?

My work has often been dubbed as “kitsch”. Even though I enjoy looking at kitschy work, I don’t identify my work as kitsch at all, it’s local and vernacular and influenced by what I see around me and thus naturally Indian. I like to have the theme of everyday and subtle humor in my work.

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Braject by Kritika Trehan

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Kali by Kritika Trehan

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Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

It’s very hard to pick this one person/thing to be my biggest inspiration. In terms of illustration, Jean Jullien has been my all time favorite and I always try to imbibe humor in my work like him. I’m also a firm believer in being inspired by a new place, so travelling to a new place often helps me come up with new project ideas.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product? I am usually super impatient with an idea and need to execute it before I even completely form it in my head, which is why I often rework a lot of my old stuff. But over the past year I have worked on two 3 month long projects and I think they have been my most favorite work. So I try and give more time to a project now.

We are eager to learn about the tools you use. Could you give us a quick preview of your inventory?

Most of my work is digital but I almost never travel without my pouch and sketchbook. I like working with watercolors, sketchpens, microtips and my beloved Wacom tablet. Recently I have ordered a set of gouache that I am very excited to use.

Would you mind letting us have a peek at your work station?

I am currently working from my house in Calcutta. I love natural light organized mess.

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Kritika’s Workstation
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Kritika’s Workstation

Do you remember the first thing you ever drew?

I think it was for a competition back in school. I drew an astronaut with a very large head.

Is there anything you wish to change about yourself as an artist?

I wish I had more patience. I am mostly always in a hurry.

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Catcus by Kritika Trehan

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If were to choose from all your work till date, what would you pick as your most favourite artwork?

I think my project Evolve or Devolve would be my favorite. It was the first time I screen-printed and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?

I am obsessed with lists. I love making to-do lists everyday, which often help me complete my work on time. Also, deadlines scare me so I try and finish things on time. I think I pre-crastinate.

What is the one thing that keeps you going?

It probably sounds very cliché but collaboration really keeps me going. Be it a client or a peer, new work excites me! I love collaborating as it helps me understand my shortcomings as well as learn something new with each project.

Does music play an important part in your creative process? Could we get a peek at the top songs on your playlist right now?

Unfortunately, music is not a very big influence on my work. However, I do watch shows while working. Something or the other will always be playing on a mini screen while I am working. I can also watch almost anything, as long as it is playing in the background.

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Streelung & Pullung by Kritika Trehan

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Lakshmi by Kritika Trehan

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If given a chance to work with any artist in the world, who would you pick?

Jean Jullien. Always. I am so in awe with his thought process.

If you weren’t an artist, what do think you would be doing?

It’s almost impossible to think of anything else at the moment, but the ideal job would be to be paid to travel.

If you could have only one superpower, what would you choose?

I wish I could teleport. I love travelling, but am not too fond of the time taken to reach a destination. Teleportation would eliminate that.

If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring artists reading this right now, what would that be?

I consider myself to be an aspiring artist as well. But I think any sort of feedback has really helped me grow, whether it was from a client, peer or even a non-artist friend. It really helps me to just zoom out and critically look at my own work.

How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

I think Cupick is doing a great job with its’ promotion of artists. I specially like the new section in which you are introducing new artists on your Facebook page.

 

Check out more of Kritika’s artwork at Cupick.com/kritika

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