13 Dimensions (Malvika Jay, Madras/Bangalore)

Boom Shiva,  Ink on Paper, 2016

From Madras and now currently based out of Bangalore, Malvika is the soul behind 13 Dimensional Art and has been creating magic on the canvas for many many many years now. Her work is very intense yet so finely detailed that it brings out twisted moods, all inspired from life experiences. She has beautifully structured her life around art and gives 100% of her time to it. Her work has been greatly acknowledged and she has designed album art for musicians such as Parasect (Bom Shanka Music). We at Twisted Shanti had a small and enlightening conversation with Malvika and were very happy to derive some inspiration from her. 

How did you get into art? How did 13 Dimensional Art start? What inspired you: I discovered myself with Art at an early age of 4; expressed my emotions on paper and chose pencils over toys! That’s where it all started. I’m really lucky that I found my calling at a very young age. I’m a self taught artist and to me, learning is an everyday process. As I delved deeper, she (13 Dimensions) was born. I’m blessed with a loving family who constantly supported me all through my journey and they are my most important inspiration.

How do you approach a new piece? Do you have a particular workflow or do you go with what feels right: I strongly believe that it takes one single stroke to make anything possible on canvas. I enjoy making art and I don’t follow rules. It’s all about putting that passion into action.

Pure Alchemy in Progress, 2016
Astral Clocks, Graphite on Paper, 2015

How would you say your work has evolved over the last five years? Are there any messages or stories that you try to convey through your work: Over the past 5 years I’ve been mastering the art of drawing. I discovered I could explore and travel through realms using art as my medium.  I believe story telling is everything. I try to achieve that with my art everyday of my life, In every piece I create! Life is rich with experiences, I try to document them on canvas everyday and everyday there’s something new and exciting. I’m here to share, create and inspire.

Are you biased towards any particular medium for your sketches? And, do you work on multiple pieces at the same time, or focus entirely on one: Most of my life work I’ve chosen Mix media. Art is all about having fun and experimenting. I always work on multiple projects. Say about 3 to 4 at a time. Keeps me motivated.

If you could describe your work in your own words: Awakening, fantastic, metaphysical and surrealistic subject matter, kaleidoscopic, fractal or paisley patterns, bright and/or highly contrasting colors, extreme depth of detail or stylization of detail.

If  you could show someone only one of your works which is the closest to your heart, which would it be and why: It would definitely my master piece from 2016, ‘Break the crust of your own mind.’ I experienced unexpected transformations of my mind. This is a pure and a successful experiment.

Break the Crust of Your Own Mind, Mix Media, 2016
Break the Crust of Your Own Mind, Mix Media (details), 2016

You have traveled a lot. Does travel inspire your work? If yes, what would be three places that have inspired you the most: A 100%. Goa, Kodaikanal and Bali.

If you could set up a personal studio anywhere in the world, where would it be and why: Well, I have already established 2 of them. One in Madras and one in Goa. My dream studio  would be in Maldives. Turquoise blue waters!! That’s why.

If you get into a creative rut, how do you get out of it: I’ve been lucky. That’s the main reason, I work on multiple pieces at the same time. I never get bored.

Does music help you while you work or does silence work better: A bit of both works best for me.

Can you name 3 musicians who can really drive you into creating something amazing: Smiley, Ravi Shankar, and Bluetech.

Album Art for Parasect’s EP “Contemporary” Released on Bom Shanka Music (One of the most renowned names in Night Time Sounds)
Transformation, Ink on Paper, 2016

Three quotes that you stand by: “An Alchemist is one who transforms everything into love.” – Emmaneul

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso

“A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.”

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Kali Maa, Acrylic on Linen, 2016
Alien zoo, Acrylic on linen, 2015 to 2016

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