BIO

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. She recently completed a residency for the inaugural Artist in Residence Program at the Anvil Center. Her work has been featured on Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live, Zee TV Canada, and can be seen in the Spring Issue of Gray Magazine and quarterly publication, Hey Lady. Sandeep is currently preparing for her upcoming solo show, "Rest in Power", at the Gam Gallery in Vancouver, BC.

 

STATEMENT

I believe in the power of art to create awareness about issues related to cultural identity, gender equality and human rights. My artistic process is a synthesis between a spontaneous creative act in which geometric pattern and colour arise and a conscious representational expression of my cultural and social concerns. Grounded in the principles of symmetry and geometry, my detail oriented drawings are heavily influenced by the art of my South Asian heritage; textile designs and motifs, particularly the mandala form. 

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.

 

Photo credit : Britney Berrner