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Today we’d like to introduce you to Rohini Jadhav.

Rohini, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am an Indian who grew up in Muscat, Oman and moved back to India to study architecture. Post that, I worked professionally as an architect for two years before moving to LA to pursue a program in world-building and transition into the entertainment industry.

I come from a family of professionals who largely worked in finance, management and economics but I chose to study science and math in school. Simultaneously, I grew up as a creative kid who dabbled in art and sketching, I was an avid reader and enjoyed writing. My father also instilled a love for movies in me and we tried to watch at least one movie a week, if not more, a tradition that continues to date. My unusual combination of a love for analytical subjects like science and math and a passion for creative arts led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture from BNCA, Pune.

While I enjoyed studying and working in architecture, I soon realized that architecture projects could often take years to realize, involved multiple revisions to the initial work and slow decision making; I craved a more fast-paced design process. To that effect, I decided to pursue a degree in Fiction and Entertainment from SCI-Arc in Downtown L.A. and created my own short film set in Fukushima, Japan. I soon realized my architecture skill sets were an asset in the film and television industry and sought to work in art departments upon graduating.

This past year I have been working in multiple roles in art departments – as a production assistant, researcher, and digital asset manager while working towards my goal of being a set designer and art director. In my first year in the film industry, I’ve already had the privilege of working with many talented production designers like Oscar-nominated Guy Hendrix Dyas, Inbal Weinberg and Lauren Fitzsimmons. I’ve also been accepted into the Art Directors Guild’s highly selective Production Design Initiative for 2019-2020 and I hope to be a member with them soon.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
On my off-days, I’m a 90s kid again – sketching the cartoon characters we all grew up watching and loving. There are plenty of these to be found on my sketching page alongside my architectural sketches.

Professionally, however, I began with the very traditional architecture background – drafting drawings, creating 3D models and making presentations in architecture, interior design and furniture design for high-end residences, offices and even a few hospitality projects. With my current work in art departments, I intend to use these design and software skillsets from architecture to design environments and landscapes for films and television.

My art is about creating those visuals that support the storytelling and immerse the audience in the world of the narrative. I have assisted in the creation of various fictional environments – futuristic landscapes, run-down abandoned spaces or simply compact homely rooms.

During my post-graduate degree, I developed my own fictional short film that tells the story of long-lasting repercussions of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima through the voice of a lady who was forced to abandon her home there. There is very little acting or character representation, the tale is told through environments and visuals. The project was filmed in Fukushima and I later used digital set extension and visual effects to create the fictional landscapes of my story.

I hope to soon design for bigger projects – feature films, television series, music videos – and help tell their stories through these visuals and imagery. I’ve learned how these fictional spaces tell us so much about the characters, their backgrounds and experiences. Someday, maybe, I’ll also style interior spaces once more, this time with a new perspective from my experiences in art departments – design homes and offices that tell the stories of the people living and working there.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I believe conditions for artists have evolved in many ways over the years – some good and others not so much. For instance, with the advent of social media, it’s much easier to share your work and connect with other artists. On the other hand, social media can also be a place filled with negativity and comparisons. Given the increase in the number of creatives in every city, people tend to value a person’s visions and skills less and think of art in more business and transactional ways – who can do the same task for less instead of who can do it better and bring the vision to life most effectively. The other challenge that many artists face when living in a country besides their own – we are freelancers and therefore have a harder time securing the benefits of a regular job like sponsors or insurances.

It would be amazing to have more art events and showcases for artists of all kinds, to perhaps have organizations that assist freelancers to have a more stable work-life balance with some of the 9-5 job benefits and most of all to have networking events that allow artists to meet other artists and collaborate. Almost every other profession – consultancy, business, law, and even medicine has many conferences, networking events and awards given to recognize people’s work. Los Angeles is a city full of dreamers and creatives and it would be amazing to see encouragement for such programs and events for various art mediums too!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is mostly featured on my website and I have some sketches on my Instagram page. I hope to be more active on both mediums and share more of my work in the coming days. They can also watch my trailer and short film on YouTube.

I’m always looking to collaborate on exciting new projects that will give me more opportunities to art direct and design visuals for storytelling of all kinds and would welcome the opportunity to work with more amazing artists across various platforms!

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1 Comment

  1. Uma

    October 3, 2019 at 16:07

    Congratulations Rohini ! ❤️

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