Meera Agarwal is a NY-based artist pursuing a second career as an artist and art instructor post corporate career. Self-taught, Chennai-born Meera has been painting for three decades and works with oil, acrylics and mixed media. Her paintings are both representational and abstract inspired by nature, her native India and travels. With her art, Meera aims to evoke an emotion, a memory, strike any personal chord or just intrigue the viewer. Meera teaches painting in local after-school programs, volunteers to teach in an enrichment center for underserved teens and conducts workshops.
Early on, a youth expedition to China with UK-based Raleigh International was a turning point, encouraging her to quit her accounting job in Dubai (UAE) and enter the field of public relations in the U.S. Even as Meera switched gears/countries, art remained a great source of inspiration and later she began pursuing it full-time as a working creative.
Meera’s award-winning paintings are routinely juried into prominent exhibits in the U.S. Her paintings have found homes in private collections globally. An active volunteer, Meera serves at the Rye Arts Center (NY), India Cultural Center (CT & NY) and the Carver Center (NY).
She holds a Bachelors degree in Management Studies from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) in Pilani, India, and is a Masters graduate of Corporate and Public Communications from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
My Kolam/Connections series is based upon ‘Kolam’, a traditional South Indian art form. It involves math-based geometric line compositions drawn (with rice flour) around a grid of dots. Kolam is a daily pre-dawn ritual of women and these artworks are drawn at the threshold of homes or businesses. There are various theories about the significance of Kolams; they can used as an auspicious welcoming, an ode to Mother Earth, a method to ward off evil, and as a symbolic “charity begins at home” gesture to nearby ants, bugs and birds who might feed on the rice flour.
I was an active participant in Kolam and Rangoli competitions during my elementary school years. Kolam can be as addictive as Sudoku, and I resumed practicing and studying this art form more closely in 2019, giving it centre stage in my paintings. For me, even as we are physically distanced during the pandemic, it is a reminder that we are connected and bonded in infinite ways through mutual experiences of joy, pain and healing. This series of works allows me to share my culture and symbolizes that we are all connected/braided/woven together as part of one race - the human race.