Inspirational reads: I’ve been rereading The World of Edena by Moebius for the hundredth time, and I’m still amazed by the sheer genius that is Jean Giraud. I’ve also been reading Annihilation of Caste by B. R. Ambedkar and Coming Out as Dalit by Yashica Dutt to learn more about my Tamil and Dalit heritage.
Aspiration: I’m interested in creating worlds where women, people of color, queer people, and underrepresented communities, like Dalit and lower caste, are defined as not only existing but also as protagonists with their own fully fleshed-out journeys. Especially in the futuristic and sci-fi realm, as speculative narratives of radical and progressive stories are still not as prevalent and are rarely explored in the mainstream illustration field.
Industry definers: I absolutely love Aravani Art Project, a women and trans women–led organization in India that works on public art and illustration projects that highlight trans and queer issues. I also love Jasjyot Singh Hans, Lauren YS and Rajni Perera, who pull from their respective cultures and heritages to create unique hybridized, futuristic characters and worlds.