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Help Raise Money For Artist With Schizophrenia And Brain Tumor
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    Created by

    Reshma Valliappan
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    This fundraiser will benefit


    from Pune, Maharashtra

Shared Consciousness Project is a search for human connection through art.

My search began with this question: How can I unite the world with the colours that have helped me this far? 

This search began in September 2019 when I found out that my brain tumour had returned. Just thought of it affected me drastically & made me revisit everything I have been doing "How do I connect people through their differences and discrimination". Having battled schizophrenia and multiple other conditions, the stigma I continue facing with my family because of schizophrenia, alongside the invisible effects of a brain tumour made me relook my narrative and work in mental health as an activist. 

As schools shut following the COVID - 19 pandemic, I lost my only source of hope which came from the interactions I had with my students. Waking up each day just to be with them was something I looked forward to irrespective of having seizures, losing memory and temporary loss of days and function. The opportunity to connect with other humans surfaced in May 2020 when I asked individuals to share their thoughts with me and I began painting them. It gave me hope while I saw how it uplifted others who couldn't paint, or express themselves creatively.

This was how Shared Consciousness came into being. A voice in my head told me "If you are going to create art, it should be to awaken others and a tool for bringing people together - not a revolution, not a reaction, nor a fight".

In order for me to fulfill this project, I need to raise money that will help me pay:
1. Studio rent
2. Work and Material cost of canvases and paints. Each roll measures 5ft x 32 ft and is being painted single handedly by me. The cost of one roll and paints is Rs.2300. I require 500 rolls for this year (2021), and another 1000 rolls by 2022.
3. To put together a small team to help me with other aspects of the project. As for now I manage all of this: photography, website, social media outreach, marketing, sales, admin, inventory and creatives.  

I wish to display the collection across multiple grounds, and stadiums throughout the country, hopefully the Motera Stadium in Gujarat for the final 1512 rolls. Each roll is currently being displayed on the walls/grounds of my studio space in Pune. Once the first 500 are completed and verified end of 2021, they will enter the INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS for 'The Largest Painting single handedly painted by an artist with schizophrenia'. Sale proceeds of the paintings will be donated to organizations working towards the needs of children with disability, mental illness, intellectual & neuro-diverse groups.

These proceeds will also be donated towards students who have dropped out from schools to financially support their families during the lockdown period. This will enable these students to return and complete their education.

More information is available here: Shared Consciousness Project

Donors above Rs.8000 are guaranteed a pre-booking spot to own a painting from these canvas. Each canvas will be carefully cut following the final exhibition in beginning of 2024. These will further be split in multiple sizes with the smallest size being A5 and the largest being 5ft x 10ft.

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