Interview with Diana Majumdar
We spoke with Diana Majumdar before her show opened at the Academy of Art University.
Could you tell us how you became involved in art making?
Since a very early age I have been exposed to art in many forms and shapes. I grew up in Estonia in the last days of the Soviet Union. I was first introduced to art through my father. He took me to see museums in Estonia, Russia, and Armenia. I loved watching my father draw. He taught me the basics of watercolor, and gave me his large set of art books that were printed in Russia and Armenian. So when the choice for a field of study presented itself and I had to ask myself what I would like to learn, the choice was easy.
Has there been any particular class or teacher that really opened your eyes while studying at the Academy?
Mixed Media taught by Ms. Lynne Margulies, was the class that changed the way I approach art.
Artistic freedom was the key take away from that class. After taking countless classes with structure and order, I felt liberated at the end of this class. It was pure joy. Using the approaches she taught, art just seemed to flow out of me. The approaches she taught were daring. To do a charcoal drawing then run a wet brush over it, completely obliterating the charcoal image. It wasn't destruction per se. It was creating something throught the process of destruction. Creating something unexpected.