We had the good fortune of connecting with Mini Mukherjee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mini, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I have a daily practice around my personal and business finances that has helped me move through the seasons of expansion and contraction that are inherent to managing your own business and career. Investing in yourself can be really scary, especially when you’re the first in your family to pursue a creative path. The first decade of my career was spent in the Finance industry before I moved to Fine Art.I credit having good habits with money and finances in helping me navigate the craziness of 2020 but also, my daily money habits have helped me think strategically about when I’m thinking about the different directions I can go with my art. I’m passionate and emotional when it comes to my work like a lot of artists are but when it comes to finances (saving, budgeting, investing, building passive income, automation, etc.) I have a lot of it automated so I don’t have to think about it too much and so my emotions don’t take over. For me, I see my creative wellbeing connected to my financial wellbeing and vice versa so focusing on both every day (and scheduling time for it, not just thinking about it!) has been a habit that has paid dividends (literally) over the years so I can feel more free to pursue what I feel truly called to create.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Making art! I have been making a lot more digital art during the pandemic and am currently working on a NFT release for Summer 2021. I have been an investor in the crypto space for years and will continue to be so it’s really exciting to think about participating as an artist now. I also find a lot of joy in working with texture and shape, and working with my hands. That manifests into pieces for shows, commissions and public art projects so that keeps me busy. I get a kick out of seeing people’s faces when they realize that a 5’2 Indian woman is the artist behind some of my large metalwork sculptures!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a few days with my best friend a couple places I would want to go would be: The Culver Hotel for their tea service – I love the “old Hollywood” atmosphere there and the tea is served in mismatched antique dishware that is incredibly beautiful. We would drive up the coast to Malibu and have dinner at the Sunset Restaurant and walk across the street to Zuma Beach to relax and listen to the waves crash. I love the architecture in Downtown LA, and being on the balcony at Perch around sunset with a cocktail is one of my favorite ways to take in the views. There is the Shrine Temple in the Pacific Palisades that’s really lush and peaceful. When my husband and I moved to LA from NYC this was one of the first places we visited and I fell in love with how naturally beautiful Southern California is! I’m such a lover of florals and botanicals in general that we would definitely make a stop at the Sherman Library and Gardens. It’s a quaint and quiet getaway south of LA and is a restorative place to spend the afternoon. If any of my friends are having art shows in LA then those are all a must to go to! Also, if there are any cool exhibitions going on at the MOCA, Broad Museum or LACMA I would love to take them there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this interview to my friend Melanie Newcombe who is a talented artist and was one of the very first “artist” friends I made when I moved to Los Angeles. She began as my sculpture teacher but we became fast friends talking about everything and she introduced me some amazing artists who I now consider close friends. If you know Melanie you know she lives her life with incredible passion and courage, and my time in LA would not be as wonderful and fruitful as it has been without her encouragement and support. She is currently battling Stage 4 cancer and you can follow her courageous journey (and donate to help with medical costs) here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/housing-in-la
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