The Chest of Mysteries featured artist Amrita Paul

Featuring around 300 pieces this years Oldham Open is one of our most popular to date. This years entries range from intricate hand crafted wooden jewellery to paintings, sculpture and large scale models. The remarkable array of mediums, techniques and styles used demonstrates the talents and skills of local artists and craftspeople from the Borough of Oldham.

To celebrate the opening of the Oldham Open we will be featuring a number of our exhibiting artists as guest bloggers, telling us a little about themselves and their work.

The next fantastic artist to feature as a guest blogger is…

Name: Amrita Paul

Title of my artworks: Broken & The Chest of Mysteries 

Please give a brief introduction about yourself and your work.

My name is Amrita Paul, I’m a 13 year old self-taught artist. I see my work as being a way to express myself, a certain topic or a thought. I’ve been doodling since the age of three and over the past 10 years, I’ve managed to pick up many more techniques and skills. It’s important to me to keep learning and developing my skills. I know that I never will be a ‘fully developed’ artist because I don’t want to come to a point in my life where I say: “I’ve accomplished everything.” I want to carry on working just as hard for the rest of my life.

Can you tell me about the work you submitted? What was the inspiration for the piece? Is this your usual style? What techniques and materials have you used and why?

I usually attempt photo-realistic drawings, I don’t feel that I’ve ever had a completely successful photorealistic artwork because I don’t exactly know all of the techniques and skills to achieve that but I do try my best and I’m proud of all the artworks I’ve produced so far. Furthermore in such a huge world of talent, I want to bring out something that is not really produced or spoken about as much- which are 3D canvases. I’ve been really into incorporating some sort of a sculpture with a canvas for the past 2 years and I really hope I can introduce something new (don’t quote me on the fact that it’s a completely new idea, I’m not a genius unfortunately).

Are there any other creative mediums you would love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I used mixed mediums for most of my artworks, so there isn’t really a specific medium that I want to pursue but in my opinion I want to try two mediums that I haven’t come across or pursed. I also just want to experiment.

What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?

For me ‘being creative’ means being yourself, and allowing your creativity and imagination to flow. You shouldn’t ever stifle your imagination – just go for it! You shouldn’t control your creativity, your creativity should control you. For me, it also means to follow your heart and use inspiration around you.

Are you working on anything else at the moment?
I have a few paintings planned but because 3D canvases take so long to design and put together I’m still not exactly working on one right now. However I am planning a really special painting for a very special person in my life and that person is my history teacher – Miss Statham from Newman College.
I’ve known her for two years now and the amount of support and appreciating she has given me and my work is just priceless and she means a lot to me and I just have to give her something back for everything that she has done for me.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you couldn’t make your work without?
It probably sounds so stupid, but one of my most important tools is a cotton bud when I draw. I’m only 13 and I don’t really splurge lots of money on art tools that aren’t necessary. I’ve always wanted a ‘pencil smudger thing’ but I just didn’t want to buy one, so I saw some videos where people used cotton buds to blend out pencil drawings. So I started using a cotton bud and ever since I’ve always had a bunch in my art kit. Another important tool would be PVA glue as well as 3D canvases. 

When you’re not busy creating what do you like doing in your spare time? Any other hobbies or interests?

I love listening to music, singing and dancing in my spare time.

Which other artists do you admire or inspire your work? (famous or not!)
One of my favourite artists is Vincent Van Gogh, I studied his past life in primary school and I was completely mesmerised by his chilhood stories. He doesn’t inspired my work but I do admire him as a person for more than just his work. However, there is no denying that he’s absolutely amazing!

What would people be surprised to find out about you?
There’s nothing really surprising about me, I tend to be an open book!

Many artists feel they could work on their pieces for ever more. How do you know when a work is finished?
I don’t work on my pieces for ever more because although there is always room for improvement, I feel like you can’t display improvement in one or two artworks. Improvement is an ongoing process and it develops over time, so I feel like you should give your work the opportunity to display that improvement over a long period of time. So for me, when my work is finished, it’s finished.

And lastly, do you have any inspiring tips or words to share with everyone?
Don’t try to be anyone else, try to be yourself because nobody can be ‘you’ better than YOU!
For me, self-acceptance is an ongoing process just like improvement because you find out new things about yourself nearly every single day, so just relax. I’ve been trying to be Amrita since the day I was born, I still don’t know who that person entirely is yet so I’m just seeing where life takes me, it’s a roller coaster. There are some ups, some downs but at the end of the day it all adds to the experience. Just enjoy every minute of life and do what you be it art, music, sport anything.

The Oldham Open is on until 18 November, be sure to visit to see Patricia’s work and all of the other submitting artists and makers.