Published: 18th August 2021
This Chennai teen's trippy art is selling for lakhs on the cryptocurrency market. Check out her work NOW!
Laya Mathikshara is a digital artist, whose surreal and almost hypnotic artwork is all the rage in the cryptocurrency market. We browse her catalog
A ball rides and sometimes drowns amid the regurgitating waves of an almost funnel-like cylindrical contraption. It has two sides but you don't really know where it begins and where it ends, or which way is up and which way is down. The piece is supposed to highlight the deluge of information online and how it is so easy to drown in it — much like the ball. It is the second piece of art in Laya Mathikshara's digital art collection which is surreptitiously titled Internet Noise.
It is very difficult to not get lost in Laya's repertoire of digital art, which is so surreal and hypnotic that you wouldn't believe that it emanated from the mind of a 13-year-old. And what's, perhaps, more surprising is this Class 9 student's knowledge of finance. The Chennai Public School student has not only created such ethereal art but has also managed to sell them for an aggregated price of Rs 12 lakh. When we got on a call, Laya patiently explained to me what she was doing. "I sell my art on cryptocurrency markets like Foundation and WazirX," she explains. To do that, Laya has to get NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens, which are a way to confirm that Laya is the creator and her work cannot be replicated. "It's almost like a patent," she adds with a laugh.
She uses crypto like Ethereum and Mumbai-based WazirX as these platforms allow her to sell all kinds of artwork, including those that she created in Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR). NFTs are what allow Laya to sell her art. "Since I am now the confirmed owner of these artworks, it is legitimate for me to sell it on cryptocurrency marketplaces," says Laya.
NFT is a unit of data stored in a blockchain. It is a form of certification that proves a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. It can be used for photos, videos, audio and other types of digital files
Using software like Cinema 4D, Laya creates not just generative pieces but also those with AR and VR features. Explaining her process, Laya says, "I decide on a theme and then work out how to represent it. Most of the time, I start by drawing on paper and then replicating it on the software. It takes around two days from the ideation to the final artwork." However, Laya says it's difficult to visualise AR art on paper and she usually directly starts creating it on the software.