"I might be someone who feels too much sometimes and I fail to share these feelings with those around me. So in these moments of solitude, I become my own friend- listening, understanding and creating. As an artist, I feel the urge or, let's say the pressure, to be creating all the time. And when I don’t, I feel like a void inside me. But it is this pressure that compels me to never stop creating," says Ramuna Pun.
For Ramuna Pun, it all began with art.
"I was studying Fine Arts when I started taking photographs as a reference for my paintings. And then came a point when I felt like I had painted enough with a paintbrush," she says.
Ramuna describes her shift towards using camera as her primary medium art as gradual. Now photography is the medium through which she visualizes her ideas, give them a form and communicates with the world.
When asked about her style, she says, "I like to think that my style is simple; in terms of the subject and the story portrayed."
Her attachment to nature is also evident in her work. Born in a small village of Rolpa, her love for the hills, rivers, the meadows and a simple life have been instilled in her from a young age.
She gathers ideas from mundane subjects she sees every day. She likes the challenge of making the most ordinary subject appear soulful. She lets us know that her paintings from years ago also reflect her current style.
After moving to the United Kingdom at a young age, she came back to Nepal in 2015. That, she says, was a huge turning point for her because that was when she rediscovered Nepal, relived her childhood and transformed her perception of art.
She started travelling around Nepal to understand and fall in love with her roots when she came back again around the end of 2017. And along the way, all that she is and all that she does have become intertwined with Nepal. She believes that now her works contain more depth than they ever did before.
The reason for the consistency in her work this year she believes is due to the fact that she has been actively traveling around Nepal. Witnessing the beauty of Nepal as well as the people and their stories are inspiring to her.
"So in an attempt to do a justice to all this, I try to share my travel experiences with the world. And the more I create, the more observant I am of the subjects around me or of the smallest of ideas that spark in my head," says Ramuna. She also credits the time she spends alone to being something that ignites her creativity.
Ramuna directed, produced and edited a video called “100 years of beauty.” The video, which is available on Youtube, includes ten looks, inspired by the women of Nepal who worked hard to look after their family, who listened, pursued their passion, created art, instigated and fought for something they believed in.
"That was an achievement already for someone who hadn’t worked on something like this before," she says. "We had a small group of dedicated team members who came together to contribute a part of Nepal’s identity to the world. And we did. We received mixed reactions from the audience."
The diversity of Nepal and the uniqueness of each ethnic group made it close to impossible when it came to generalizing everything into ten looks. This video, according to Ramuna, is correspondent to something more valuable than how one looks or is dressed.
Currently, Ramuna is working on projects that she is passionate about while travelling, learning and sharing. "If I could still be doing this until the next couple of years, I’ll be more than happy."