February 13 – March 25, 2017
Exhibitor: Shanthi Chandra Sekar
AKSHARA is a series of paintings that depicts the connection between the sounds and symbols of languages from around the world through subtleties inherent within the mark making of the letters of the scripts. In this series, she explores the shapes of the letters in relation to the culture and its origins, including ancient and endangered languages.
Shanthi is a Maryland artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood. Her interest in understanding different media has led her to experiment with drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and papermaking. She has also been trained in the traditional art forms of Kolam and Tanjore Style painting. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual.
Shanthi’s works have been displayed in a variety of locations through the Washington D.C. area, New York City and India. She has won the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award 2013 and 2016 for Works on Paper. She was awarded the Individual Artist grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD in 2009, 2013 and 2016. She also won the Maryland Traditions Master Apprentice Award to teach Kolam drawing in 2010. Her work has been purchased by the DC Art Bank from 2013-16 to add to their collection.
She is currently the exhibits director for the galleries at the Takoma Park Community Center. She works from her studio at Studio B, Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland.