Mounica Tata – Besides breaking the silence on the patriarchal bias, my artwork talks about body shaming, feminism, marital rape, and colour politicsBesides breaking the silence on the patriarchal bias, my artwork talks about body shaming, feminism, marital rape, and colour politics

‘I didn’t study art but I’ve always loved drawing. It’s one hobby that really stuck through. I’m a self taught artist. I’m the brain, heart, sweat and soul behind my brand, @doodleodrama . I was in college when I came up with this name as I was doodling about life’s drama and the issues that I can closely relate to.

I started doodling full time in 2016. Prior to that, I worked 3 different jobs as an editor, copy writer, and client executive. I’d been putting up work on social media since long, therefore, I already had an online presence. So getting gigs wasn’t that tough when I made the decision to draw for a living, full time. I’ve been very blessed as I never had to go looking for clients. Having pursued very demanding jobs prior to quitting, helped me understand the value of having a routine. Although I freelance now, I still maintain a routine; never work in pyjamas, never work in bed, and take weekends off.

Most of my work revolves around what it is like to be a woman in our society. I chose not to live in a bubble and draw only happy things. Through my work, I pick up topics that I feel strongly about or feel the need to add my two cents to. I sensitise people to things like violence and everyday sexism.

Besides breaking the silence on the patriarchal bias, my artwork talks about body shaming, feminism, marital rape, and colour politics. I urge people to see beyond skin, colour and shape. As women most of us have been objectified. I’m just trying to normalise things; tell people that breasts are a part of the human female anatomy, just like stretch marks, cellulite, and spots and blemishes.

My everyday wins are the messages I get from people telling me; I either made their day or helped lend a new perspective on things or just made someone feel not alone. Most importantly, I love drawing. And in the process the unlearning & learning.’ said Mounica Tata

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