“No two days are the same in my life. Everyday is completely different, completely chaotic. Being a creator and artist, you can’t really plan your day.
Sometimes your ideas or concepts or epiphanies, they come randomly and it drives you to drop everything that you’re doing and just go to work. Just two days ago I was supposed to meet a friend, and all of a sudden I was like, “Eh, I’m sorry, I have a painting I have to do.”
It can be something as random as seeing a bird or a building, anything can trigger an emotional or psychological feeling, an elicit response like fight or flight.
When I came up with the concept of playnting, the act of painting with drum sticks, it wasn’t easy. I tried to apply to be part of art fairs in the past and they didn’t understand it. They thought it was too avant garde, too out there.
It disheartened me at first but after a while, I realised that I shouldn’t let something like that stop me from what I believed in. Sometimes people don’t see the sum of the parts, just the parts itself.
One of the greatest discoveries was seeing how playnting was therapeutic for so many people. There was this girl, in her twenties, who came in and was primarily using red and black paints, wiping the painting with the drumstick like she was trying to wipe away her mistakes of the past. There’s just something about communicating via this artform that transcended beyond what we could with our words.
We have to embrace the chaos and randomness in our lives. That’s where I see the potential in ARC.
There have already been people whom I’ve met via the app, we exchanged contacts, met up in my studio and already are working on projects. It was all independent. That’s what I really like about ARC. The randomness, the spontaneity, the unplanned chaotic style which fits perfectly with how I approach art.”