Aarti Dubey

:: AGE

35

:: LOCATION

Singapore

:: MEDIUM

Writing

:: IDENTIFIES AS

A plus size Indian bisexual womxn

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

It helps unite voices that resonate with one another

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

I will let you know when I get there!

How do you define love?

Love is beyond romantic. It is intangible, free of borders.

Describe the space that you like to create in?

It is a simple desk nestled in the living room of my apartment, with creature comforts like a magnetic vision board hung on the wall and pictures of my loved ones.  

What do you like to listen to while you create?

I listen to classical music playlists I have curated over the years.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

My earliest memory would be penning poems as a teenager and writing my heart out in journals.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Be passionate, Be angry and do not feel guilty when you need to steal time away for self care.

What social issues do you care about most?

Body Positivity/Fat Body Positivity, Intersectional Feminism, Ending the stigma surrounding mental health, Advocacy for people living with invisible/chronic illnesses.  

What could you not live without?

My music playlists, My pets, My husband and immediate family

 How do you make time to create?

I try to get work done after breakfast or in the wee hours of the night. I am distracted very easily so I make a concerted effort to just sit at my workspace and check my emails. That usually gets the ball rolling.

How does your mental health affect your work?

I live with chronic depression and chronic illnesses, so it can be a challenge. But On a rough day, I allow myself to take a breather. I do get inspired to write everyday though, so I have a notebook beside my bed that I scribble into for future writing posts.

 Who are your influences/inspirations?

Toni Morrison, Naomi Wolf, bell hooks, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King

What message do you want to spread with your art?

Reclaim the power that was taken away from you when you were told you were not good enough.