‘When I grow up, I am going to be an artist’. True to Rupia’s words, this is what she has been striving to achieve ever since.
Sparked early-on by a fascination for detail and desire to retain things in memory; realising this was impossible, she learnt to draw with precision.
For her, illustration is about capturing the essence of an object or subject building a memory-bank of personalised visuals, thoughts, imagination; referenceable and shareable with others.
Compelled to illustrate; with its power to stir emotion, open conversation, record personal or shared history, rejig and design; illustration is an instigator of change.
Scraps, shadows, music, misunderstandings, experiment; are all additives to her work.
Her goal is to shed light on fresh perspectives, untold stories and unearthing truths.
She envisions a fair world; waste-free; where everybody achieves their dreams; fuelled by image, word or book.