We are delighted to come across a number of young and talented folks in social media and more than happy to feature them on our blog to talk about their passion, their dreams and inspirations. It encourages us to take a step towards following and achieving our own goals through their inspiring stories. We have another talented person today and her art has a different story to tell. She use charcoal and graphite to depict her amazing artworks. Let’s find out everything about artist, Apone Naroh from Nagaland and her works!
We had a chat with Apone Naroh, a very creative artist from Nagaland. She talks about her passion for drawing and painting, how it started and where she draws inspirations from.
Hello! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, I am Apone Naroh, a Naga artist from Kohima, Nagaland. I have done my Bachelors in Political Science and is currently in Delhi taking diploma course in painting and drawing, NIFA (National Institute of Fine Arts).
What got you started and what initially sparked your interest in the field of art?
I was about 10 – 11 years old when I used to watch my older sister draw human figures and it was fascinating, I began to draw ever since. My family and my peers would always encourage me to become an artist but the realization to follow my passion and to become an artist struck me only after my graduation.
I would often draw and scribble on books and paper because I began to breathe the scent of art. And after my graduation, I decided to follow my artistic studies and have discovered a fascinating world from which I have always been attracted to.
Charcoal and graphite artwork of Apone Naroh
How has your upbringing influenced your work or working style?
In Nagaland, there is not many institutions which carries out ‘art’ as an important subject. I began to teach myself from what I have got. After my graduation, I took a personal training under the teacher S.N. Singh for a year who taught me the techniques of oil painting and also refined the techniques of drawing. In addition, I have always been encouraged to form my ‘artistic self’.
What do you do full-time? If part-time, how do you manage to indulge in your hobby?
I am a full-time artist. I have been fascinated with drawings and paintings from a very young age. There was a time when I couldn’t handle pencils and brushes and I couldn’t decide what I really wanted but while I was pursuing my higher education I began to draw again and I realized that this is what I wanted. Of course, societal norms has its own effects on us and I was expected to pursue a career with the conditions of the higher education which led to a breakdown. Yet, my passion for creating art and the unending love and support helped me in breaking the boundaries and I have succeeded in becoming a full-time artist. There are times when I have trouble balancing life and work but it makes me stronger and better. I love to draw, it’s my ultimate happiness as it allows me to express my thoughts and feelings and I love how I get lost in details without doubting myself. I hope creating art won’t become only a job, it would be a sad thing to turn something that i love to do into something ‘necessary’
Charcoal and graphite artwork of a woman embracing her crying child | by Apone Naroh
What’s your creative or work philosophy and where do you draw inspirations from?
I love to draw human faces. They tell us so many things just by looking at it. My drawings done by charcoal and graphite are not ordinary but are allegorical figures that arise from my intuition or subconscious mind.
Everything seems to inspire me in one way or the other but the thoughts reflecting myself and the function of society pushes me to put out my thoughts through my artworks. Emanuele Dascanio, whose works vibrate with spirituality, emotion and energy and Jono Dry, whose drawings are beyond ordinary which creates a tension between appearance and reality inspires me every day to become a master in this field.
Charcoal and graphite artwork of human faces | by Apone Naroh
What do you hope people take away from your art?
I have learnt that each artwork has a soul in it and I aim to spread that soul through my own works. An art can hold different meanings according to how the viewer perceives but when I create an art, I allow people to see it through my eyes.
Tell us about your latest work.
“REGENERATION” November 2018, Charcoal and Graphite (20 hours 25 minutes)
Having been facing rough times I began to create this to reflect myself, to grow with hope and prosperity. There will always be a phase in each person’s life where things doesn’t go the way we want it to be. I want to portray through my drawing that nature itself has given us what we need and so we should stand strong and rise each time we fall.