BHAVNA MEHTA draws with a knife, cutting paper to tell visual stories. Her work is based on the idea that everything is connected. Her style is influenced by folk art traditions from India where she was born and raised. The abundance of her immigrant experiences and memories roots her work. Bhavna has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. In 2015 she was awarded the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation in partnership with the Oceanside Museum of Art, which led her to create her first installation using stories from the community. She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners working with Marianela de La Hoz. She collaborates with artists making public art using paper as a design medium. Bhavna has engineering degrees from both India and US and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art. She learned paper cutting from Beatrice Coron at Penland School of Craft and teaches book arts and papercutting workshops all over San Diego County.




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