"Zwart Identity" Acrylic, Ink and Thread on Canvas, 2019
Identity "So where are you from?” I pause to think.... I am born in India, raised in Belgium and currently living in New York. So where am I from? Not one place - not one identity - not one box.
Language is an expression of culture. This inspired me to create this artwork where the word Identity has been hand etched repeatedly in #English (Identity), #Dutch(Identiteit) and #Gujarati (ઓળખ).
These layers build us.
About the Artist
Shreya Mehta is an award-winning fine artist who explores, in her vibrant and varied works, the social issues of identity, gender, power and spirituality. Her art has been exhibited across the globe, from the Indian Consulate in New York to the private collection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In fact, Mehta secured her place at the Royal Academy of Art in Belgium as the first woman of Indian origin, graduating with none other than the prestigious V.R.I.K.A Award. Born in India, raised and trained in Belgium, and now living and working in New York, Mehta brings a global perspective and a positive touch to all her endeavors. She creates both representational and abstract works thus defying categorization through constant, energetic change and an inquisitive nature.