Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Los Angeles, California, USA
My name is Bula Barua. I am a fine artist and a published author of short stories and poetry. I was raised in the Great American Midwest by parents who immigrated from Assam (northeastern), India. I can’t really remember when I decided to become an artist. I’ve always been an artist.
At age 7, I visited Assam with my parents. During that summer, I witnessed a neighbor slap a 7-year-old servant girl for wetting herself. She cried hysterically. I remember being so upset and feeling so fragile. There really was no difference between that servant girl and myself, except that she wore rags, and I wore American clothes.
That morning, I organized a “Servants Revolt.” I took sheets of paper and wrote “FREEDOM” on them with bright, rainbow-colored crayons and drew tulips and roses on the edges. I taped my art onto bamboo branches and created makeshift signs. I then marched along the streets with 10 servants beside me, including the young girl, and together we chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” for 3 solid hours, under the hot sun. When our revolt was over, I knew I had made an impact on the villagers that day. Even more importantly, I had made a huge impact on myself. I no longer felt fragile. I felt empowered. I also knew I had a greater purpose than just creating beautiful art. On that day, I decided to change the world by uplifting others, one person at a time.
“Individuality” is about the similarities and differences between human beings. It is about the uniqueness we all carry within us, while belonging to a larger group. It is about how beautiful and interconnected we are, and how important it is to acknowledge the positive triumphs in ourselves, as well as in others. It is about wearing your scars proudly, for they tell the stories of your past. And of course, it is about infinite growth and joy.