June 6, 2019


Wendy Rodrigues


Priyanka Paul – “Illustrator. Poet. Propaganda Machine.”

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As I embark on this wonderful journey of interning at Alfalfa Studio in New York, what better way to start than by sharing some work by a young talented Indian Illustrator who is doing some great work back home in Mumbai! https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu8KExrAWin/ “If my work makes you think, ponder and look …

As I embark on this wonderful journey of interning at Alfalfa Studio in New York, what better way to start than by sharing some work by a young talented Indian Illustrator who is doing some great work back home in Mumbai!

“If my work makes you think, ponder and look back on something traditionally perceived as normal, but actually isn’t, then I believe my art has achieved it’s purpose. If it makes you feel like to need to learn more about the hidden nuances of everything that happens, about society, gender constructs, class conflicts, power struggles, then I believe my art is playing a part in bringing about awareness. My art is a very strong part of me and my self expression, and I make it a point that my art is not merely eye candy, it doesn’t just exist for the sake of #aesthetic. My strongest hope from my art for is it to inform and educate and if it can-to empower. These are the things that I as a person, too stand for.”

– Priyanka Paul

Priyanka Paul aka Artwhoring is a 20 year old Indian illustrator and poet from Mumbai, India. She gained her popularity through Instagram at a young age and has since experienced great success on a national and global scale. She has worked with  big brands like Converse India, and has now gone on to starting her own online store.

Her work has been featured on The Fader, Hindustan Times, Femina, The Huffington Post, India Today, Buzzfeed. Priyanka has also been a part of Gaysi Zine Bazaar, a zine market organised by Gaysi Family – a really big LGTBQ organisation in India.

Priyanka questions the irrational norms and rituals of the Indian society through her work and rebels against it by depicting subjects that are not usually spoken about or shunned in India. She targets subjects like gender fluidity, sexual awareness and body positivity and talks about the same during her TEDxFlame University lecture.

Priyanka talks about her experiences with sexual assault and encourages people to speak about their harrowing experiences and spread awareness. Through her wit and satirical nature she is able present even the toughest subjects and uses her poetry to compliment her illustrations.

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Few White Artwhoring T-shirts are left! DM to buy! 550?, sizes XS- XXL available! ? Here’s a completely unrelated poem: I wish I could bottle up my anger in little jars Add salt to them And store them to pickle And when they’re ready I’ll just put them in the fridge At the back you know Where it’s hard to reach And you have to stretch your hand to find But instead i put my anger in my little 25ml paint bottles they’re tiny So i wonder how all that anger pours into them But it blends in very well for some reason I spread out these bottles and dip into them with my brush There’s never enough paint for some reason the canvas screams with all my mixed anger loudly It’s brilliant to see anger in motion no? When you put it into something, when you can stage it, and shape it you can try diluting it but acrylic and oil don’t mix with water But I think I got tired of my anger being a puppet It got too wild and snapped the ropes And burnt through the canvas fibres And I’m supposed to put out this destruction But I like it sometimes I’ve been deprived of it for too long I mean the fridges are Too cold for fires to burn I now put my anger on a plate made of dried up banyan leaves and serve it as an offering It is the only thing so viciously mine I’ve let it be a deity It only appears in front of those who try to take it away from me I’ve put my anger in a sanctum sanctorum It’s mine and I value it enough to keep it away from prying hands There’s a plaque that says ‘Please don’t touch’. ((Don’t take my anger away from me Don’t take my anger away from me When all is lost, it’s all I’ve ever had A holy fire, surrounded by metal railings)) #merchandise #merch #bluepeople #crumblingprincess #artwhoring #poem #poetry #art #digitalart #illustration #logo #tshirt #anger

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From The Archives: The Goddess Series! The one piece that started it all, inspired by @harnidhk ‘s amazing poem- ‘Pantheon’. It’s been a loooooong time since I drew these Goddesses, I draw better hands now haha, but I’ve rarely ever come close to this amount of detail in the work I’ve done after it. My art style is constantly in flux and I keep trying to experiment. Was always scared that I wouldn’t take up art as a career, because what if one day I woke up and it didn’t give me as much happiness. Happy to say that I’ve been ‘professionally’ (feels unreal and funny to even say it) illustrating for approximately 3 years and the happiness I get after completing a project or just a small drawing is pure pure happiness and a high like no other, and I’d not give it up very easily. Definitely not. #Illustration #Draw #GoddessSeries #Art #Illustrator #DigitalArt #Kali #Amaterasu #Goddess #Pantheon #Women #Reclaim #Artist

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This Republic day I want to rise like a nation once fallen down, burnt, but risen twice. This Republic day, I want to look into a mirror and not be reminded that my skin is not equal. This Republic day I want to be liberated enough to exist without knowing that my dissent can lead to the marring of my face. This Republic day I want to stand up for ever 'No' uttered, for every active choice, for every choice of autonomy. This Republic Day, I declare my body, my face, my consent, as sovereign. This Republic Day I ask for a nation to come together, to build up fraternity, to build up brotherhoods and sisterhoods, to protect and stand up for and to help. This Republic Day I want to regulate the sale of acid, because since justice doesn't come in a bottle, neither should blinded revenge. This Republic day I rewrite the words 'unity' as 'mutiny', against every person who thought my body was theirs to scar. This Republic day, I want to touch my skin and write my own rules for it I want to build up my skin, like the pages of a book, word by word, words of strength and power, like a constitution. Because you can burn down pages, but you can never melt words. Out of all reported cases of acid attacks, a huge number have been perpetrated by assailants influenced by an oppressive, patriarchal notion of love. Men and Women, with bruised egos shouldn't have the option to use acid for this brutal assault. The Mystics bring the message of an unconditional love that does not seek revenge or reciprocity. The Reconstructive Surgery Foundation works for the rehabilitation of acid attack survivors. Be there and support the cause! St Xavier's College, 29th Jan 2017 P.S: For passes, follow link in @queerbulsara 's bio. #fundraiser #reconstruction #Sufi #themystics #stopacidattacks #AcidAttacks #Patriarchy #Lovers #Ego #JiltedLovers #DontThrowAcid #AcidRegulation #SaleOfAcid #BanAcid #Save #Help #Event

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The thing that makes Priyanka so popular especially among the younger generations is that she is very relatable, raw and authentic. She points out the flaws in society and urges her followers to question things rather than blindly following the flawed opinions and beliefs that have come down the generations. Her illustration style is well recognized with it’s bright colors, peppy style, strong black outlines and attention to detail. Her creative process starts off by creating an initial sketch in her journal, scanning it and rendering it digitally, usually on her phone.

Of all her work my personal favorite is her “Goddess Series” which is based on the poem Pantheon by Harnidh Kaur. The series features goddesses from all around the world like depicted in a way that relatable to the women of today. The the attention to detail and authenticity to the culture are what makes these illustrations a symbol of women empowerment and feminism.