Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for July 2020
Phiroza is a mixed media artist who moved with her family to the Harrisburg area six years ago. Her origins are from India, but she has lived internationally in places like Switzerland, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, and California. Though she has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, her true passion has always remained painting. The vibrancy of color has fascinated her ever since she can remember, and she has been painting on and off since high school. Her education in Fine Arts is through a combination of classes and personal study in different media. Alongside mixed media, she also does collage and acrylic pour painting. Abstract work offers her spontaneity and freedom that she enjoys. Phiroza has participated in shows and group exhibitions with awards and honorable mentions. She is a member of the York Art Association, Lancaster County Art Association and Mechanicsburg Art Center.
“Making art is as vital as breathing. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the excitement of unraveling saran wrap or wax paper from a painting that was left to dry the night before. It’s like opening a gift, since you don’t really know what burst of intermingled colors and formations dried underneath to ooh and ahh over. Usually three or four ‘starts’ are kept in the works at progressively different stages, which makes it easy to keep working as they dry. Making art is like a breath of fresh air; it makes me come alive and I can’t imagine life without it. Discovery is the most exciting part of the creative process, where I allow myself room to play until I see something emerge from my work to develop further. As the piece comes to completion, I pay close attention to the overall composition and elements of art pulling it all together. My home studio is a conducive place to work without distraction, with my favorite music playing in the background. I enjoy creating abstract art, which might start as an inspiration to try a new color or texture, but then I allow the piece to evolve intuitively. I take pleasure in creating uplifting art that brings beauty and curiosity to the world.”
Below is a recent Q&A with Phiroza Kapadia.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
Though I have been painting on and off since my high school days, my journey as a mixed media artist recently began around five years ago upon attending some mixed media classes. I enjoyed these so much that I was hooked! Mixed media is my medium of choice, as it is freeing and gives me room to experiment!
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I enjoy mixed media as there is a lot of scope within this medium. I create artwork using different papers, pastes, cloth, found objects and different textures. All this variety keeps me inspired as an artist.
My artistic inspiration comes from my mixed media teachers, nature, textures, objects I find and colors.
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My favorite piece is one that I recently completed, which is hanging up in my home, named Nature Spirit.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice to other artists would be to experiment with different mediums and find one that you really enjoy creating in. Also take some art classes, or view videos of painting techniques online. If possible, set some time aside each week for your creative practice and be patient with your evolution. Every painting needn’t turn out a masterpiece – just enjoy the journey!