Monday, November 24, 2014


Visiting this blog today is my friend and artist, SHREYA MEHTAto talk about life, art and inspiration...and a poem.

Hi Shreya
let's begin with your latest exhibit at the Indian Consulate in New York. What was it about? How did it come into being?

"The Spirit of Shakti" collection came about when I met Shri Mulay at a mutual friend's house where he happened to see my work and what I was about, which is art that is more. Art that goes beyond what you can see and touch, art that connects our spirits as much as our rationale.

The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.

She now understands
how much to ask for herself and how much to give.
She has a strong, yet generous heart
and the inner goddess she emanates truly sets her apart. .

She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.
She feels the softness of her hands
and muses at the strength that they possess. 

The spiritual strength and beauty within, shine through;
 and she becomes the embodiment of the Spirit of Shakti

How did you become an artist? In other words, tell us YOUR STORY.
Honestly, I wasn't very artistic as a child. I was creative, but not skilled enough to think I could be an artist. I used to color outside the box in school and it didn't work in my favor back then as it does now. Inspite of such early roadblocks, it so happened...I guess it was fate...that I applied to the Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where I grew up. They seemed to like my creativity even if I lacked skill, yet. It's a very prestigious old art school with alumni that list artists like Van Gogh. Incredibly, I was the first Asian woman to have attended the academy.

That is so interesting. Van Gogh? Whew. Anyway, moving on...

What does your day look like?

Most days I'm running about taking care of home and family, scooping out time to do sketches or pinning my thoughts down about what I might draw next. I have hundreds of sketches that may never become anything more than that preliminary idea.

What inspires you to make those sketches turn into paintings?

(click the above words to see a painting!)

Who is your favorite artist and why?

August Rodin, because his sculptures were alive and you can feel  the passion and magic within them. I think they have a divine  quality to them.

 What medium of expression do you find the easiest to create?

I find nothing easy or tough. I love playing in all kinds of  mediums. Right now, I love my charcoals. I love the simplicity of  that medium. From its creation from ash to what it can become on  paper. I also think its symbolic, because all of us, in the end, will  turn to ash. 

  Do you have a favorite painting? Why?

I don't. Each one of my painting are my favorite while I'm  working  on them. Then, when I finish, its done. I don't know whether  I  break my connection with them consciously or unconsciously.

What do you wish to convey through your art?

That beauty is strength and strength is beauty. It is inside and  outside and all around us. I am particularly drawn to women's  empowerment. Maybe because I'm a woman or because I come  from a land that is rich with culture and mythology but yet is  known to be harsh on its women. What I do with my art is pay it  forward. I want my art to mean something to me, to the buyer and  somehow become a vessel of joy to many others. All of my works  are for a cause. All the proceeds from a sale go towards various  educational and healthcare charities.

  What can we expect from you next?
Just about anything that calls to me. I'm exploring glass art, right now.

  To end lets try a Rapid Fire round. Your answer should be the first word/s that pops into your head when you think of:

LIFE: live
 PASSION: art and beauty
 HERO: father.
 LOVE: family
 HATE: superficiality

Thank you once again, Shreya Mehta, for being here and talking to me. It was vibrant, just like your art!

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