On the occasion of our third art drop we spoke to the artist Osheen Siva living in Goa.
supersicko: Why do you do what you do?
Osheen: At the heart of my art practice lies a desire to envision a more equitable and just future, one that transcends the oppressive structures that currently pervade India. Through my work, I strive to create characters, creatures, environments, and universes that reflect and amplify the experiences and perspectives of communities that are often underrepresented or marginalized. By crafting narratives that celebrate love, intimacy, togetherness, and resilience, I aim to inspire and empower viewers to imagine a future that is more inclusive and compassionate.
What role does the artist have in society?
Art serves a crucial function in society by establishing an emotional connection to a concept or idea. Through the creation of visual, auditory, and sensory mediums, artists capture the cultural zeitgeist, thereby preserving history and culture for future generations. For me personally, art serves as a powerful tool for exploring my own feelings and expressing myself, allowing me to forge deeper connections with individuals who have shared similar experiences.
Which artist - past or present - do you admire most?
I particularly admire artists that bring in their own unique perspective of their background and culture in a meaningful contemporary practice. My current favourites are Lauren Y S, Chitra Ganesh, Subash Thebe Limbu, Rajshree Goody and many more.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness would have to involve ease of living/expression, a sense of community and belonging.
Which living or dead person would you like to spend a day with?
Too many to choose from but my top would probably be Jodorowsky, Bowie and Terry Gilliam.
Where do you find inspiration?
Anywhere my mind can pause, admire and wander.
What book means so much to you that we should definitely read it too?
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler.
What do you struggle most with in creating art?
What themes or symbols are the most important to you as an artist?
Ranges from sci-fi films and comic books to south Indian architecture, craft, textiles and mythologies.
What do you love most about your art?
I find it immensely rewarding to share this profound aspect of my world and reality, using it as a means to foster relationships and establish deeper connections with others.
What is your greatest artistic achievement so far?
I love the fact that I get to make art as a career and as a living.
Do you have any unfinished or unrealized projects?
I have a solo exhibition coming up in Nottingham next year that I am working towards and very much looking forward to.
Photos: Ragini Menon