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Johanna Tagada

London-based painter and interdisciplinary artist Johanna Tagada has created a way of life for herself that gives way to self-care in unexpected forms. From her recent contributions as co-founder of Journal du Thé - Contemporary Tea Culture, to her collaborative project, Poetic Pastel - she infuses intention and beauty into every aspect of her life.

 

JOHANNA TAGADA by Jatinder Singh Durhailay, 2016

Photo by Jatinder Singh Durhailay, 2016

 


Self-care is crucial to supporting creativity. How do you define self-care; what are some of your self-care rituals?

 

I would primarily define my self-care as joy. It involves love, laughing, eating and sharing.

Quotidian activities which could be defined as self-care rituals involve drawing, gardening, preparing/drinking/sharing tea often surrounded by music and opened discussions with my husband, artist Jatinder Singh Durhailay and close friends. Also on the list are aromatherapy, stretching, cuddles, and reading.

Food is crucial. I have been vegan for the past years, and I do think that (the awareness that I am not consuming dead bodies and actively participating to the industry) largely contributes to sustaining and nurturing both happiness and personal balance.

Most weeks while in London with friends, I join a charity to cook fresh plant-based dinners that are then offered to disadvantaged individuals and communities, it is inspired by the Sikh principal of Langar.

 

 JOHANNA TAGADA by Ryan Gattaora, 2018 - Solare

Photo by Ryan Gattaora, 2018

 

Among your interdisciplinary projects, how do you stay inspired and avoid burnout?


Luckily my husband is very caring and reminds me to pause and play when I tend to be excessively absorbed in whatever it is I have my mind set on. I do have what could perhaps be defined as an irrational appetite for projects, learning and doing, especially doing with others. I find stillness and soothing silence in movement.

 

There is an inner drive switched on, a flickering light also present when an endeavor might be extremely challenging. This energy, powered by love and hope helps me push through looking for light, truth, fun, for play, for generosity in the projects in which I partake or directly initiate.

 

JT: To avoid burnout I make sure to have time off weekly with friends and family, watching movies, cooking for each other, simply hangout talking, sharing. As a child I loved to have hobbies, it is an aspect I try to preserve in the form of Ikebana classes. I have a personal rule for Sundays, which outside of busy weeks I am able to stick to, no internet.

 

 

Johanna by Jatinder Singh Durhailay, 2016

Photo by Jatinder Singh Durhailay, 2016

 

What are some of your favorite rituals for welcoming the new season, for both self and space?  

I usually go back to my native village in Alsace, east France in early September.

We pick walnuts from the magnificent walnut tree that stands as if greeting visitors at the gate of one of the family’s gardens. It is also the moment to eat my father and dear grandmother’s delicious vegetable soups. Several weeks ago I was in Alsace, we hand-picked the nuts with my sister and husband, cracked them with my grandmother while chatting. We ate green and yellow zucchini, peppers, potatoes, aubergines, and tomato soup.

The Nettle handpicked a few months ago were dry and ready, we packed it to share with friends, taking some to London also. 

  

What’s inspiring you lately? 

Returning to India! There is a true desire for my husband and me to share our lives between Europe and Asia. We are off for four months in Asia from late November. 

 

 

Johanna is represented by Tappan Collective and Nidi Galllery.

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