Nimisha an artist, a model, TEDx speaker, and a uniter! With great courage she has established Home For Artists as an art centre, where ideas can grow. She dropped out of college to travel, and find the way to pursue art, and interact with other artists thus forming her own art centre, ‘Home for Artists’.
1. Your life so far has been full of great endeavour, how do you describe what do you do, and why it matters?
I help myself and other Humans. Why ? Because somebody has to. Right?
2. What message do you hope ‘Home for Artists’ will deliver to society?
We all artists hold a common vibe and are a family. Be more confident about the path you have chosen. It’s okay if you don’t make much money from your art. We were never meant to do this. We were born to follow our adventurous souls and explore the universe inside us with the outer world. In ‘Home for Artists’ we are the students and we are the teachers promoting skill exchange and self learning.
3. How do you define an artist? and what is art for you?
For me, art is purely courage. You gather all your courage and decide to put your emotions of pain and happiness into one thing. It might be writing, a painting or song. And then that one thing speaks your emotions for you.
4. What do you say to those people who say – all artists are hippies?
Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic music, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as cannabis, LSD, peyote and psilocybin mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness. I personally never related art with drugs or altered state of consciousness. It just takes you away from the reality for a while. But it’s no where close to improving your abilities.
Majority of my friends who went to kasol or other hill stations this year don’t even remember 90% of their trip. And the obvious reason is that they were high all the time. They hardly have any stories to tell except their unconscious trippy experiences instead of the real trip stories. Your consciousness helps you grow connection and Intimacy with your surroundings. It is your greatest power. I say that not all artists are dependent on drugs and other things that are considered essential to be an artist or define an artist.
No , all artists are not hippies. My uncle is a doctor who paints, plays guitar and writes too. He ‘s definitely not a hippie doctor.
5. You have come a long way; from being a drop-out, a founder, to always committing to being an artist. What learning can you share out of these experiences?
Choosing art as a way of living in our society is a lifetime struggle for acceptance and equality. I learnt not to take things for granted. Food , People , these hands and legs and most important I learnt not to take nature for granted.
I learnt that separation and death are mere illusions. We are all asteroids, made of same stardust revolving around on a definite path, entering different dimensions. The answers are never “out there.” All the answers are “in here” inside you, waiting to be discovered. It is said that a personal philosophy that’s based on what’s true in the universe will sustain you through every occurrence that life brings to you and my personal philosophy says that I hold the universe inside me and you do the same. You just need to explore it.
6. In this process, what was your greatest challenge, and how did you overcome?
My greatest challenge was to make peace with my family. They are afraid of my failure like all other parents. I know the pain of being alone, eating alone. Sometimes, not eating at all because of lack of…everything. It’s sad to see how an artist’s heart is misunderstood most of the times. When children share with their parents that they want to pursue their career in an art, they are thrashed. I was one of them. I don’t want others to go through what I did, and what I initially experienced when I left my parent’s place. People of my own city were not even supportive and instead of helping they demotivated us. But soon I realised that I was my own saviour, and always will be. I filled myself with love and light. In other words of Kurt Vonnegut –
“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
7. What are your hopes from college? (Now that you are pursuing your bachelors for the second time)
I am dropping out again, gladly. I guess this education system isn’t meant for me. I’m a free bird who learns things by exploring herself.
8.Girls aren’t necessarily susceptible to danger while travelling alone. But society is susceptible to be dangerous to girls travelling alone. So how have you addressed this issue when travelling alone?
Society can be dangerous but that should not be a reason to stop traveling alone. The one who offers hot soup during a harsh winter night cannot be a bad man, always. The families that have hosted me on my travels often ask how I trust strangers so easily, how I manage to gather so much courage and take risks to travel to unknown places and stay with strangers. My answer is always that I don’t put all my trust in them, I trust my instincts. One has to be prepared for every situation that can occur.
Stay full of positivity and light. Don’t panic even if you get lost. Sometimes it is good to be lost to find yourself. The family plays an important role. Some girls are motivated to be confident and brave enough to travel alone and handle things on their own. Whereas some families don’t even allow them to step out of their house to go the grocery store near by. This creates a huge difference cause this conservative mentality promote the thought that the world is a scary and bitter place to live in where a woman should stay inside to be safe and do household work or study.
I say step out and learn to use your time and freedom wisely. The more you see, the bigger you dream and aim for.
9. What is your favourite word?
10. What according to you is the greatest resource?
Nature. Yes, clearly nature is the greatest resource.
11. What do you believe is the purpose of life?
Growth. The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. To believe in yourself, and everything around you. To be magic, and create magic.
Know more about her work here –https://www.facebook.com/arthunters209