"All I ever wanted was to write something, put some colours down, make things brighter, more beautiful, more bearable, safer, easier to stand in, Something. Anything. To help me feel more alive"
- Jotika Chaudhary
Hi! Thanks for stopping by at my site! I made this website because I wanted a concise way to share all the art forms I use for storytelling with the world.
Here is a little bit about me. I've made art for as long as I can remember. Art (writing, collaging, painting, singing, and dancing) have helped give words, colours, something solid for her feelings to be externalized, expressed and processed through. Creating and Witnessing art have helped me cope with trauma, nourished me & helped me survive some of the hardest times of my life.
I am a Queer women of colour, creator, mixed media artist, singer, writer, listener, community organizer, social worker, Glitter Femme & wounded Healer. I am a working class, Brown, Femme whose roots are in Fiji and Northern India. I identify as a settler on land that was stolen from xʷməθkwəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, here on the West Coast aka Vancouver.
Through my art, I aim to deconstruct, understand, and begin to heal from the effects of colonization that my ancestors and family have experienced. I also aim to examine, understand, and learn to how stand with folks whose land I am a settler on. My art centers around ancestors, matriarchs, stories of struggle, unlearning colonized ways of being, learning self-love and working towards healing trauma. All the forms of art I create help nourish my hurting parts. Writing and creating mixed media art is a way for me to uncover parts of myself, connect to others with similar struggles and to share my truths