Sandeep Johal is a Canadian-born South Asian artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an honours level Diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College and an Education Degree from the University of British Columbia. Her work has been featured on Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live and Zee TV Canada, as well as in the Spring Issue of Gray Magazine, The Georgia Straight, and The Vancouver Sun. Sandeep recently completed a design for the Front Street Mews Barrier in New Westminster, as well as a mural for this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival. She is preparing for her upcoming solo show, "Rest in Power", at the Gam Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
I believe in the power of art to create awareness about issues related to cultural identity, gender equality and human rights. My art practice is grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry and is an expression of my social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. My work moves between bold, colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white drawings, both aesthetically and conceptually inspired by my South Asian heritage.
My recent project “Rest in Power” honours twelve women of various cultural backgrounds who had their power taken from them through death by domestic abuse, honour killing, and femicide. The title serves to restore that power in the afterlife, and in turn resurrect their memories in peace.