Featured Artist Joi Murugavell

Artist Joi Murugavell’s whimsical and hilarious drawings are her means of finding escape and understanding. To see more of her creative imagery, please visit her website.

 

A portrait of Joi Murugavell by Kaily Koutsogiannis. See artist Joi Murugavell's portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

A portrait of Joi Murugavell by Kaily Koutsogiannis

 

My name is Joi … it’s been a month since I told a white lie – a hairy and hilarious experience. To be continually continued …

 

“Will the real silence please stand up” Pen and Ink on Paper, 21cm x 29.7cm by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Will the real silence please stand up” Pen and Ink on Paper, 21cm x 29.7cm

 

I think my imagination is a product of not fitting into my world as a child. Back then I didn’t realise the feeling of detachment and not fitting in was normal and OK. I made up epic stories in my head, kinda like a mini series, with characters and plots. Often, I’d lie down and close my eyes to imagine dialogues and images vividly, till my body and brain felt like jelly, because you just can’t lie down for that long. At some point I sat up and started drawing instead. I drew these things I now call Oodlies which mean Odd doodles or Odd Lies (we tell ourselves).

 

“One Day I felt here again” Mixed Media on Paper, 21cm x 29.7cm by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“One Day I felt here again” Mixed Media on Paper, 21cm x 29.7cm

 

Over the years, escaping the present remained a habit, I hardly ever felt “here.” And then one day, late in 2015, I felt here again. It had been a good twelve years since the last, solid “here,” but I remembered here, as if it were yesterday.

 

Joi Murugavell with a series of drawings done during her week of isolation. See artist Joi Murugavell's portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Joi Murugavell with a series of drawings done during her week of isolation.

 

At the time I thought, “Enough farting around!” I isolated myself for a week to think in silence; it was a pleasant experience with some crucial realisations.

 

“Take your shadow out for a cup of coffee” Mixed Media on Paper, 21cm x 29.7cm by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Take your shadow out for a cup of coffee” Mixed Media on Paper, 21cm x 29.7cm

 

I realised one thing that made me feel displaced from myself was telling a huge amount of white lies. All of them stemming from wanting to be accepted and not hurting people.

 

“People who were normal are now elsewhere” Mixed Media on Paper, 29.7cm x 42cm by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“People who were normal are now elsewhere” Mixed Media on Paper, 29.7cm x 42cm

 

For a month I told no white lies at all. I found out that I felt more able to appreciate what a moment brought to me even when it was uncomfortable. I’m still working through this theme in the art I’ve been creating since the month of not lying.

 

“These streets have too many names for me” Mixed Media on Paper, 29.7cm x 42cm by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“These streets have too many names for me” Mixed Media on Paper, 29.7cm x 42cm

 

As for the detachment from myself, it turned out to be quite a simple thing. My head doesn’t cope or benefit from too many outings, people, parties and all the things which seem so normal and fun. I just needed to say so.

 

“I can’t give everything” Digital Art, Various Sizes by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“I can’t give everything” Digital Art, Various Sizes

 

The themes behind my artwork have always switched between escape and understanding.

 

Large drawings on paper, Mixed Media by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Large drawings on paper, Mixed Media

 

The doodles in particular are an escape into the sort of silence that provides clarity.

 

Wall Mural, Sydney, Australia by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Wall Mural, Sydney, Australia

 

It took twenty-five hours to complete this freehand wall mural and during that time I played one song, “Brain Damage” by Pink Floyd. Somewhere in the middle of the mural, I remembered being in a cafe with two friends. The friend to the left of me was bipolar and the one to the right of me clinically depressed (and there I was, happy to be stuck in the middle of them.) There’s definitely a universal fascination with perfect minds. Firstly they don’t exist and secondly, firstly.

 

Stills from 30 hours of meditative doodling on a van, a delightful escape by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Stills from 30 hours of meditative doodling on a van, a delightful escape

 

This year I’m working on communicating better. I feel an artist could connect so much more by working on words too. We’re all flooded with so much noise, I’d like to contribute towards understanding and not more noise. One way to do that is to put out content that I want to consume or frequently look for, myself. And it’s usually to understand my life better.

 

“Dance, dance, dance” Mixed Media on Paper, 81cm x 81cm by artist Joi Murugavell. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dance, dance, dance” Mixed Media on Paper, 81cm x 81cm

 

and … dance, dance, dance.

 

Artist Joi Murugavell invites you to follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

 

Comments

  1. Enjoyed your reading your piece and learning about your process. Love the bold, bright colors! Oodle On!!

  2. nice work, and shes cute !

  3. I enjoy your work very much! Congratulations!

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