13-year-old Laya Mathikshara is exploring space, codes and the pandemic through NFTs
Art is no longer limited to traditional silos such as the white cube or plain digital. The new creative economy deals in cryptocurrency, collects non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and offers complete transparency. This opens up the field to pretty much any creator, which explains the success of artists like 13-year-old Laya Mathikshara from Chennai.
This May, she minted her first NFT, an animated artwork titled What if, Moon had life? It shows the “cold” satellite’s active core bubbling. The teenager listed the reserve price as 0.384400 ETH (the token of the Ethereum blockchain) — “inspired by the distance between the Earth and the Moon (3,84,400 km). It sold for 0.39 ETH (approximately ₹90,500) on the platform Foundation. “My parents didn’t really believe in NFTs. Nor did I initially,” she tells The Hindu Weekend. “Then, three weeks later, someone bought it. That’s when I got the confidence it could work and began minting other artworks.”
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Clockwise from left: NFTs ‘What if, Moon had life?’, ‘Black Hole’, and ‘Radial’
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