1. Tell us about your new solo show. How long did it take you to put it together?
Adrenaline Rush, is inspired by my lifestyle — living in a city like Mumbai not only inspires me, I am driven to work hard and I enjoy it too. I try to make the most of my time. I work on Sundays as well. When I do take a break, I travel around a lot, and this inspires me. For this exhibition, I have put together most of my artworks in the last eight months. Usually, it takes an artist one to two years or more to put together a collection, but this is me — I work best under pressure.
2. This is your 13th solo show. What drives you even now? Has the meaning and passion for art altered for you in all these years?
It is my 13th solo show, and I do a lot of other creative work throughout the year. Keeping busy drives me. The meaning and passion for art keeps changing for me and I believe that it should keep changing. An artist should want to reinvent and experiment with diverse media; else the work looks repetitive, uninspired and mechanical.
3. You’ve contributed to public art in Mumbai for years. Do you feel Mumbai needs to respect its public spaces more? What can be done to make Mumbai more of an art city?
Artists are willing to do whatever they can for the city. Unfortunately, it is the local governing authorities that do not encourage it. Art in public spaces is so common all over the world. It is a way of life. In India, especially in Mumbai, we have nothing. This is the one thing I do not like about this city. Hopefully, this will change soon. I do whatever I can to ‘give’ to the city.
From November 13 to December 1
AT Tao Art Gallery, Worli.