Today we’d like to introduce you to Saloni Dwivedi.
Saloni, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up as a kid who would carry a notebook everywhere I went. On the playground, the beach, in my bag even when I went to the mall growing up. I’d write all types of things in my book; poetry, raps, letters, “imaginary” business ideas, stories, ideas for interior design, styling fits, whatever. I’ve been an observer and enjoy taking in everything around me and expressing what I feel about it through my words, and for the past few years, also through painting. I’ve been blessed to have grown around a highly creative mother, who fueled my energy by instilling art through many forms growing up at home, and learning musical instruments, dance and hands-on skills. I really am blessed for the different forms of art I’ve been able to experience.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It absolutely has not been a smooth road, but I’m very thankful for that. With poetry, I would struggle so much with sharing my work, thinking I wouldn’t be understood. It is a very vulnerable act to share your perspective, but we all forget that one of the most organic ways people connect and communicate with one another, in this internet zombie world especially, is to keep it real. When I finally went to my first open mic, I knew that I was meant to share my perspective. Its a really wild feeling when someone comes up to you and repeats your words back to you and tell you how it resonates with them.
As for painting, I find myself on an ongoing battle of self-analyzing everything. What I’ve learned from being a self-taught painter is to be patient with my process. I’m equipped to work quickly, and now I’m training myself to be really take as much time as I need to get the exact results I want. I’m currently working on a new series, and I’m not pressed as I used to be to keep pushing work out, especially since I want to play around with new mediums. Through this learning process, I’ve been a part of some great experiences. I was a part of Pick It Up LA’s women show earlier this year, where I connected and learned from other gifted women. Learning as you go is the best part of being an artist.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an artist who can’t specialize in one area. I express myself through my first love of writing poetry. I’m working on something new with my poetry, incorporating new elements and artistry, and will be releasing tracks and visuals. In 2017, I taught myself how to paint, and have been in really dope shows hosted by Pick It Up LA, The Attic, TrapxArt, and Complexions fest. But I don’t limit myself. It’s similar to the way I look at minimizing my life to one career choice, and hitting a cap in my life that I cannot exceed. I need to sustain my own career lane. My goal is to be sufficient enough to curate a lifestyle brand, collective of all lanes of life I enjoy; my poetry and music projects, art, health, spiritual wellness, streetwear, community resources, and to be honest, anything that ever comes to my mind. I plan to be sufficient enough to where one day if I think “I want to open a skate rink that serves smoothies and makes custom embroidered skates in the back” I can do it, and it can run smoothly as I’m performing in another country.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Looking back to being a kid, my favorite memory would be the summertime. Growing up on a block with kids in every home, the summer time would feel like it lasted years. The simplicity of being outside all day and coming home with new scrapes on my knees was unmatched.
- “Kush & Oj” Acrylic on canvas $150
- “Bloomin in my Cortezzzzz” Acrylic on canvas $175
- “Riley and Huey go to Malibu” Acrylic on Canvas $80
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Dillon Amir Imagery, Curtis J Moore, Kendall Parzu, Nikkithephotog