Kunthi is an emerging interdisciplinary artist. She is a self-taught graphic designer, collage artist, architect, and illustrator. She is a native of Mysore city, the cultural capital of Karnataka in India. Coming from a family of performers and stage artists, she has been influenced by different art forms from a very young age. Her earliest art exploration started as early as 5 years old and her first supporter and art teacher was her mother. She took a formal art education in her high school but she went on to have a break from making any art for the next ten years. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University School of Design (now School of Planning and Architecture, Mysore) in 2017. After working on a few projects as a junior architect, she found an opportunity to be a part of a production design team for a small-scale film project in Hubli, Karnataka. In 2021 during the pandemic, she finally went back to her passion for art and set her sights on re-learning different skill-sets and started exploring painting, digital art, and illustrations. She was drawn towards expressing herself through the digital medium for collages and has been constantly evolving her art. Her body of work reflects her imagination of spaces, architecture, and the world that we see around us that are projected through combinations of surrealistic images to create an emotional response.
Born in 1994 into a family of theatre artists, I had an early exposure to art and aesthetics. Being more of an observer than a person good with words, I often found myself turning to art to express my feelings. I find it interesting to explore the ordinary spaces and things around us but with an entirely different visual representation. How would it be to flip the normal sense of the scale of things around us or the meaning of what is beauty? What would it feel like to sit in a backyard with a view of our earth staring back at us? What does it feel like to look out of my window and see an entirely different world outside? These are some questions to which my logical mind can't give me any answers. This brings a sense of wonder to me which makes me visualize these thoughts into artworks. I was always inclined to archive pictures and photographs which created an emotional response within me. When I start making my collage artworks, I go back to these images and put them together to create an entirely different meaning from the original. The way we see things is affected by what we have experienced individually and what we are exposed to. I find myself intrigued by how differently we all are capable of perceiving things around us and attaching meanings to each and every space we occupy or things we use. My interest in the phenomenology of space is reflected in my collage artworks where I try to visualize an abstract experience beyond tangibility.