My first encounter with Ameya's work was across her recognizable thick line on black background illustrations. Little did I know at the time that this Goddess does much more other than painting and drawing: she writes, sings, makes beautiful videos and photos documenting her travels around the world, and her Celestial Calendar for 2019 that includes all the major astrological events in the upcoming year has been the absolute hit on Etsy lately! As various as her creative outlets are, Ameya's passion and curiosity for spirituality, astrology and dreamworld is what kept me close to her work for such a long time and I cannot describe the amount of excitement I felt when I got the chance to hear Ameya's own view of it all - how does she do it and do it so damn well,
what pushes her and where she finds the inspiration and drive to keep on creating when the road gets tough...
Enjoy the interview with magical Ameya!
For the start, can you tell us the meaning behind your intriguing, mystical-sounding name?
My name, Ameya, means limitless. I liked the idea of calling my brand/business 'Ameya's Realm' because it's like infinite realm; a place encompassing my wonders in all creative forms. I also feel that creative expression is a magical and transformative act, which almost takes me to another world. Hopefully it takes people who view and experience my art to this world or 'realm' as well.
Can you recall the first memories of you being drawn to the artistic expression and in which form it occurred?
This is more likely a story told to me by my parents rather than a memory, but when I was about 2 years old, I was given the creative freedom to draw over an entire wall in my house (which I think I extended to more walls). I'm so grateful for that opportunity because I think it really helped me feel free and limitless in my creativity. I'm so lucky to have always been encouraged to create and express myself artistically.
You are a visual artist, musician and writer. How do you choose a form in which you want to express a certain idea or feeling - does it depend on the idea itself or you’re going through different periods in which you feel most drawn towards a certain form of creative expression?
I definitely feel drawn towards a particular art form for a period of time, then feel drawn to another. For the past decade, I've kept switching my focus between music and visual art, as I personally find visual art and music more expressive than writing. However, after feeling inspired to create a book last year, I have been writing a lot more. As I mentioned earlier, I tend to use art, in all forms, as a way to transport myself to a particular location. With visual art, that is often to the clouds, ocean, mountains and outer space. With my music, I feel that to be to a forest or night drive. So the way I express what I feel, depends both on the idea and what sort of location I feel like being taken to.
What inspires you? How do you get you “cup filled” on daily basis?
I am inspired by so much! I look at things in detail and I'm filled with curiosity. Specifically, nature, outer space and the connection between seemingly separate things inspires me most. I love combining things from the earth, like people, animals, plants and flowers, to things in outer space. I am in total awe of the silence, void, scale and mystery of space. It also really gives me perspective and I love creating and sharing what I feel from that.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as “good” and “bad” art? Or is what we call “bad” art just something that didn’t come from a true, authentic place?
I honestly believe everything is art. No matter what it is. Everything that exists is intrinsically beautiful and spectacular, just by being. There is so much intricacy in every thing. And people see this beauty in different things, and however they express it is therefore also beautiful. It doesn't matter what it looks, sounds or feels like. It is art. I don't necessarily think there is good or bad in anything, it is what it is, and it is up to us to decide the worth and whether we like it or not :-)
How does your cretive process look like? Do you wait for "the call of the muse" or you sit down and use some of the tools and techniques to put yourself “in the zone”?
As I find inspiration in so many things, I tend to have a long list of art ideas and projects to work on once I've finished what I'm working on at the time! This means that I'm not usually waiting for inspiration or thinking too much about what to create. No matter how busy I am with one thing, I always keep an eye out for inspiration and ideas for more projects to add to my list. It doesn't seem to take much for me to be in the zone – I'm always in the mood to create!
Are there any days that the flow is simply not coming and if so - what do you do? Do you think it’s better to surrender and wait for the better moment or forcefully push through?
If I'm not feeling it, I just give it a break. It's not often that the flow isn't coming so the times when I am struggling a bit, I know that it's better to just do something else and come back to it with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.
What is you favourite part of the process? The start - the excitement of the blank canvas and the potential that lies within it; the middle - the deep immersion and surrendering to the flow, where all time and space cease to exist; or the end - when you can see the physical manifestation of what once existed just as an impalpable idea?
Each part of the process is special, as you've described. It's hard to choose a favourite but I especially love the beginning stages of a creative piece or project. It's such a great feeling to be super inspired and have the time and freedom to physically manifest the non-physical ideas in my mind.
How about sharing your art on social media platforms? Do you ever feel resistant to it or stumble upon some self-doubt and fear of how the piece is going to be received by your audience?
I make sure I don't worry much about how my work is received on social media. As long as I'm happy with what I've created, that's all that matters at the time when I share it. I have also found that I'm sometimes surprised by which pieces become most popular on social media and on my Etsy shop. I know that if I think too much about how my art is received, the work will be less authentic and natural.
You recently published your first book! Tell us a bit about it! How was the journey and what’s the feeling of being a published author?
It was an amazing journey and it still excites me so much when I pick up my book (and realise I created it) or see others reading it! It all began last year, during my gap year. I was living on the other side of the world, away from family and everything I was used to, which was an incredible opportunity to travel, learn and develop myself. I became very in touch with my creative side during the year; painting, drawing, singing and for the first time, writing with the intention of sharing. I didn't have to think about the title at all. 'Let Go' came before almost everything I wrote in the book. I kept writing my thoughts during my gap year, and edited and wrote the rest of the book in just a month after I came back; January this year. I was very inspired and dedicated to this project and spent every single day of the month working on it. The editing and formatting was the toughest part and almost took longer than writing! It was amazing to share this creation with the world. It's pretty much my journey so far of becoming more in touch with my self and understanding life and the universe. I am so grateful that in this day and age, it's possible to publish a book yourself through a website. I encourage anyone and everyone to bring your book to life. It's a reasonably straightforward process and a very fulfilling one.
I am completely in love with the idea and the design of your Celestial Calendar for the upcoming year! Talking about that, how did you first become interested in astrology and in which ways your knowledge about it influences your art and your day-to-day life?
Thank you! Honestly, I know very little about astrology. I haven't really looked into it, but I have always been fascinated by everything to do with outer space! The calendar shows the astronomical events of the year – the idea came from just wanting a calendar like this myself. I found that I was always searching up what events were happening in the sky. Celestial and lunar events influence my art constantly, simply by being so fascinating to me. It gives me so much perspective and reminds me how crazy it all is... we are on a rock, floating in nothingness, around a giant ball of gas, with a smaller rock floating around us. You'll find me gazing at the full moon and then just spending a couple of hours completely in awe of life.
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Favourite part of the day / Morning
Favourite crystal / Hard to choose! Labrodorite, Amethyst, Moonstone, Celestine, Clear Quartz
Working in silence or working with background music/sounds? Usually in silence... but I also love nature sounds and music that suits the vibe
Dream-place you’d like to visit / Jupiter
Book that influenced you in a profound way / The Untethered Soul, The Eye of the I, Power of Now
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