Yasodhara Pathanjali has been inclined towards painting since she could remember. It’s surprising to her that she had a better sense of who she really was at the age of five than she did in her 20s, when she wasn’t still a fully fledged artist. Moving from the sidelines to the field of painting came about when the artist was 30-years-old, when she had arrived at a crossroad in her life. After coming out of a marriage and surviving domestic violence, her passion for art exuded from her and this was the moment that she desperately wanted to finally live on her own terms and follow her dreams. This was the resurrection of Yasodhara, and the birth of Yasodhara- the artist.
I have so far had two solo exhibitions, one in London and one in Galle, Sri Lanka, and both times the last hour before the show, I have an overwhelming need to pack up, go home and hide.”
At the other end of fear
It required a huge leap of faith in herself to take a path that was subject to criticism, says the go-getter. As if that wasn’t hard enough, the emotions and opinions thrown out to the world by an artist becomes their personality, and one must have a lion’s heart to dodge these obstacles. It was hard for Yasodhara too as an artist. She says, “I have so far had two solo exhibitions, one in London and one in Galle, Sri Lanka, and both times the last hour before the show, I have an overwhelming need to pack up, go home and hide.” It’s almost a conscious struggle for the artist to not run home and go on with the show. It’s a sinking feeling that what she has to offer to the world is not good enough, she says. The artist is always going to share her work with the world though, by pushing past her fears.
Exploring new avenues
Yasodhara now focuses on a new style of work, by working with wood and pouring out the truth about how the human race is trapped by consumerism, gender stereotypes, and climate change. She believes that her love for clothes and design can soon be combined to create a unique line of clothing. She says, “I think it’s inevitable that my love for textiles and design will come into play in some way or another. I design a lot of my own clothes and it’s starting to get a little recognition.” And as long as she can keep creating, in whatever format, she remains happy and fulfilled.
Whatever your passion is, do it every day, don’t compare yourself to others and NEVER be afraid.”
The recipe for success
Going through the struggle and accomplishing something so artistically brilliant gives Yasodhara the leverage to advice passionate go-getters. She says, “Whatever your passion is, do it every day, don’t compare yourself to others and NEVER be afraid.” Since they are the words coming out of Yasodhara herself, we know for a fact that it is a recipe for success.