We had the good fortune of connecting with Mokshini Godamunne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mokshini, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I love this question because its something that I’ve pondered about a lot. In my younger days, I associated success with achieving specific accolades, partnering with certain brands, and even having/buying certain things- I soon realized that success is subjective- much like art, and to constantly be in a state where I was thinking about future ‘success’ meant I would never really be in the present. I learnt to reflect and recognize past achievements- its just about creating a balance. One day, I came to this epiphany after speaking to an emerging artist, who said “I cant wait to be like you one day”. I realized I was her idea of success- perhaps, me doing my craft everyday, and doing what I love is success in itself, maybe I don’t need to have that other stuff.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I describe my art as joyful, witty and up-lifting. I embrace women of all shapes and sizes, aiming to capture the ‘real girl’ and real stories- real struggles! I think it keeps my art approachable because it’s relatable. In a world full of ideals, especially in the fashion world, this fresh perspective is what I believe sets me apart. My love for art came at a young age, I’ve been drawing for long as I can remember. My mother really nutured it and sent me to every art class imaginable. In college, after completing a degree in Fashion Design my mentor, Linda Jones, insisted I pursue illustration for my postgraduate studies. It didn’t seem like a viable career path, but Linda always reminded me that I just had to focus on being good, the jobs and money would follow. I did a Masters in illustration and there has been no turning back! Of course, like any profession there are it’s challenges. Things like finding my voice and ‘style’, and learning that I had create my own jobs- getting an illustration gig wasn’t as easy as going on glassdoor.com. I had to create the work i wanted. That meant being brave and putting my work out there by targeting specific brands and pitching ideas. I find that people are always willing and open if you show enthusiasm- most people just don’t know how to go about hiring an illustrator or even considered using one!! Im proud of the growth I’ve made with my art. This year in particular has been a learning year. I’ve overcame a lot of personal fears in relation to putting my work out there. By out there I mean, opening an E-Store and selling products, running competitions on Instagram and doing fundraisers. These were things Ive always wanted to do but was too scared to do. I guess having all this extra time to reflect (and no distractions!) did me good.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
my mum for sure! my number one fan 😀
Photograph of portrait by Andrew Morales