Published: 10th May 2018
This artist from Chennai who can draw simultaneously with both her hands is setting Instagram on fire
She studied in Lady Andal and topped her school, but opted for the unconventional career of being an artist as that's where her interests have been from a very young age
"I've tried writing my name with my left hand, but that was ages ago and I didn't really think too much of it. Lately, I've been extremely fascinated by the left and right hand and brain coordination and how it is all about mind control," says Alamelu Annhamalai, an independent visual artist from Chennai.
It would be quite easy to lose track of time while scrolling through Alamelu's Instagram profile, we can bet. Once you glance through it, you would find a huge foray of colours, some monochrome line drawings and various time-lapse videos with great music.
The 24-year-old visual artist based in Chennai has her way with brushes, colours and pens, however, she has gained attention for an uncommon feat that’s typically associated with famous people like Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Drawing with two hands: 24-year-old Alamelu creates wonders
Wait, no more clues. Guess it yet? The 24-year-old was recently featured by Instagram on their Weekend Hashtag Project, '#WHPshowoff,' in which her video of ambidextrous line-drawing garnered over six million views and thus brought her into the spotlight.
"It's only been around a month since I started drawing with both hands simultaneously and it started as an experiment to see if I could do it. I was overwhelmed with work and I thought if only I could draw with both hands, I can finish all my work faster'," says Alamelu.
The response to her unusual feat has been surprising and hilarious she adds.
"Some say I'm not from this planet, that I could not be if I can draw with both hands simultaneously, which I find funny as it so extreme. People don't believe that I'm not ambidextrous and that my dominant hand is my right hand, and has been my whole life. Some have commented saying that the two hands in the videos that I post belong to different people! I've had my little cousins try to draw with both hands, and so have a lot of friends and strangers and I love that!"
Alamelu works with almost all kinds of visual mediums — from walls to a small piece of wood. She studied in Lady Andal and topped her school, but opted for the unconventional career of being an artist as that's where her interests have been from a very young age. She also completed a 4 year Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from Stella Maris College, Chennai in 2015 and has been an independent artist since.
"I take on commissioned projects (paintings, murals, illustrations, workshops to name a few), work with architects, private clients and work on my own art, exhibit them, sell them online as well," Alamelu says.
She says what inspires her to paint is the platform to express. "I've always visualized everything in my head - tried to find a visual image for every thought and express that the best way I can. As an artist, painting lets you express what you cannot say/put into words/even comprehend and that's why I am drawn to it. I consider a painting to be limited only by the imagination of the viewer," she added.
Her paintings are inspired by people, their behaviour and the complexities of human nature.
"I write down my thoughts which I later try to draw from. Sometimes it's more spontaneous and I just pick up a pen or brush and go from there, not knowing what the outcome will be. A lot of my work explores ideas and concepts relating to the changes in society and people based on my own personal experiences. I constantly find myself drawing parallels and comparing things that may seem unrelated and express it through some form of an allegory," says Alamelu.