"The medium I used to create these artworks is a toy for children, called fusion beads. And my art is inspired by a decorative art from India called Rangoli. I relate to Georgia O’Keeffe’s words, ”To create one’s own world takes courage.” Since I am creating a new world, it's meditative, spiritual."
Tejaswini is an accomplished, award-winning and versatile artist working in multiple media. As her major focus, Tejaswini creates intricate pieces made with Perler beads on canvas. Her interest in this unique medium began in 2008, when she purchased an art kit, as a Christmas gift, for her daughter. As her little girl created small birds and flowers using the beads in the kit, the artist started visualizing different patterns. She created whole series with these beads and titled it 'Dream Reflections.'
Tejaswini was very satisfied with her first project and wanted to explore it more. Since then she is creating art with them. She thinks that there is unlimited potential in this medium and she will explore this medium to its max. She feels that this work has a very meditative effect on her and on the viewer.
Her designs are inspired by Rangoli art from India and Tibetan Mandalas. These designs are created on the floor with colored powder during festivals, and they are removed when the festival is over. She wanted to preserve them after creating. She feels these beads are the perfect medium for this art, and their bright colors and texture add beauty to these designs.
Born into an art-loving family, Tejaswini was exposed to art and its appreciation from early childhood. She chose Fine Arts as her major and has an M.F.A. from CCS University, India. She also has an Arts Management diploma from New York University. Tejaswini has displayed her artwork globally in exhibitions and has been widely acclaimed for her multifaceted style. Her traditional painting depicting “Krishna” was judged Best in Show by Hudson Artists on NJ at their 60th-anniversary Exhibition in 2013. She received an Outstanding Service award from Sing for Hope, NYC 2019, having painted a piano for the organization, titled “Basant Utsav”, which is based on one of the traditional Art styles of India called “Kangra style”. Several of her art pieces are in private and public collections in Asia as well as North America.
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