Raw, Inspiring, Badass: This Indian Woman’s Art Captures Everything You Feel

So recently, I’ve been lucky enough to come across a LOT of amazing artists – courtesy the Uncover project. And most recently, I was introduced to the stunning art of Anjali Mehta. Now, what made Anjali’s work stand out for me was the fact that it’s basically, well, everything I’ve ever felt. Her illustrations are brave, bright, and honest. I suppose that’s because she takes so much inspiration from the world around her…and from the words around her.

“Lately, I’ve been inspired by life and human emotions in general. How we as human beings interact with life at different stages, how we express our emotions even in the smallest of situations interests me.”- Anjali Mehta

And the best part? Her beautiful illustrations come with beautiful words. As a writer, I feel both understood and completely taken in by the work she does. Here are just a few of her amazing illustrations – for the feminist, courageously real, still hopeful 20-something.

Your words are precious.

“I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil – my parents always encouraged me to do art and learn and experiment as much as I wanted to. But I remember specifically once when I was in college we had a doodling competition, where I doodled on a complete A3 sheet and I enjoyed that process so much I realized I wanted to make a career out of it then.”

And I suppose that’s what it comes down to for every one of us: communicating your passions, hoping to find support, and then quietly standing by them.

Maybe it’s humans who are complicated?

Let’s NOT stereotype genders, reducing them to what movies show them as. Let’s accept that human beings are allowed to be complicated, and that the best we can do is accept them as they are. The most amazing part about all of this is that our generation is realising this fact. With social media and constant discussions, we’ve started celebrating people instead of putting them in boxes and trying to change them.

Because we all show our love so differently 🙂

This. This is everything. Through Tinder and flings, real love still exists.

You only have so much time.

“A lot of my inspiration comes from things I read. It could be anything, a book, a poem, even a subtitle. Anything can click in my brain and turn into an idea. So usually, I think of the words first and develop my art around it, but sometimes I find words perfect for art later as well.”

This makes so much sense. Because as a writer, Anjali’s Instagram is officially my new favourite place to be.

Because women are so much more.

“My work is strongly contemporary with loud urban themes, I think. That might change very soon.”

And with feminism finally rearing its beautiful head, this illustration is absolutely beautiful. Because women are here to make their own ways, whether older ideologies like it or not.

Make the world a better place – for you.

“In real life, you will hardly see me in a bright orange T-shirt or a green dress, it’s not like I love bright colors. But for my art, I can’t imagine anything without colours that would stand out. These shades help me depict my mood and sense in the perfect way I want to.”

But that’s what it is, isn’t it? Finding a way to add just a bit of brightness to your world, especially when everyone around you seems to be living in monochrome.

We always hope.

We’re a generation of realists, who somehow, still dare to dream. A generation that calls the glass half-empty while still hoping to be able to fill it.

You can do this!

Honestly guys, all of us need this on a Monday morning. Or really, any morning.

Show this to all those haters. 🙂

We even have an abbreviation for this mood. IDGAF: I don’t give a fuck. We’re a generation that takes feedback, while standing by ourselves and fighting bravely for our thoughts through it all.

Today, in breaking news:

I feel like this most of the time. No guys, romance is not a ‘heart’ emoji.

Or maybe romance ISN’T dead.

“Cause I can’t help falling in love with you.”

Even with all the relentless #RelationshipGoals posts, romance, real romance is still alive and breathing.

To the people afraid of falling.

But even WITH romance and love being alive, we still fumble with the fall. Afraid that love will come in the way of success, or ourselves.

Lost in translation.

We text, we text, and we text some more. We lose ourselves in the emojis, forgetting about our emotions. But what about the time the right words finally find us? What about then?

Isn’t this all of us, sometimes?

“The more I observe the people around me the more I am inspired from them. For now this has become my favourite theme to work on. My latest art journals depict a lot of these situations I have experienced in my life.”

And this makes so much sense here. Because this illustration: it’s me on a bad day. When I feel too tired to cry or even explain my sadness to someone. Or when I’m quite simply, tired of explaining the person I am to the world. But we still try, hoping to be understood.

nRemember this.

Femme fatales are real. And for good reason. We aren’t weak and pretty. We’re badass and out to make a difference.

So much.

But we won’t tolerate it in silence. Not now, not in this generation, not ever again.

And still…we move on.

We’re all waiting for that miracle. For that “something” to happen. But we still go on with life, because in today’s world, no one really has the time to wait.

“Lost is a beautiful place to be found.”

Honestly guys: remember this. No matter how ‘put together’ anyone might seem: we’re all a little lost here.

You can follow Anjali’s amazing work on her Instagram and her website.

If you want your art to be featured in the Uncover Project, click here.