Today we’d like to introduce you to Savitri Grover.
Hi Savitri, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a first-generation immigrant, wife, and mom of two. I came here a decade ago and spent a better part of my life in India before moving to the US. I am an artist by heart and have been painting on and off as a hobby. In 2019 when I was discussing my academic work focused on social issues, the idea of eWokecreations came to life. I was hoping to raise awareness on specific social issues beyond my academic profile while making sure it’s in a form where people feel comfortable discussing them. I grew up in a culture where many social issues, such as mental health, disabilities, etc., are still not openly discussed. In my experience, people often feel uncomfortable due to their lack of knowledge around the issues or, in some instances, not knowing the right way to approach the topic. With that in mind and to provide a platform for open dialogue around many of these social issues, I launched eWokecreations (evoke + woke) art which evokes curiosity and leaves one feel woke.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was a mix of both; I received an incredible amount of encouragement and support from my husband, kids, and other family members. However, I did not have any experience in the business front. Therefore, I learned a lot about US laws regarding opening a company and figuring out what it means to be a professional artist. Since I launched, I struggle with my doubts; I spent days finding information on growing as an artist to various aspects of running a successful business and building connections. I felt a constant tug between a vision of an entrepreneur and the mission of an artist.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a self-taught artist; my work inspiration comes from my experiences living in India to what I learned in my academic background. As a result, I created art that reflects the Indian culture & social issues. As per medium, I use acrylics and watercolors. The majority of my artwork is abstracts and abstractions. However, in my social art, I combine styles from realism, expressionism to abstract form. While when it comes to Indian traditional art, I try to stay close to the original techniques.
In 2020 I created a series of art on toilets and launched it on world toilet day, highlighting access to toilets in India and around the world. I also did a 5-day campaign around that time each day, focusing on fun activities around the topic. The idea was to make it fun and informative.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Yes, I feel blessed to have a very supportive husband and family who are always there to support me. I also feel lucky to connect to Stl international mentoring program, Stl international spouse groups & St. Louis Mosaic Project for their guidance, support in building connections in the region. I would especially like to thank Susan Dealis Gobbo (int. spouse group) and Suzanne Sierra (St. Louis Mosaic Project) for encouraging me in my journey.
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