"Being surrounded by the colours and patterns of Indian textiles has informed my aesthetic. Now I’m using this aesthetic that gives me so much comfort to talk about issues that give me so much discomfort. I’m using one thing from my culture to reconcile another."

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage.

Sandeep believes in the power of art to create awareness around issues related to cultural identity, gender equality, and human rights. Her art practice is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Her most recent series, Rest In Power (2017), is a body of work dedicated to twelve women from various cultural backgrounds whose murders have impacted her deeply.

Sandeep has completed a number of public projects, most recently, a mural for ArtSmash 2018 on Granville Island in partnership with Vancouver Mural Festival. Her work has been featured in Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live, CBC Arts, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, This Magazine, Gray Magazine and numerous other print and online publications. 

 

Mural, Kafkas Coffee and Tea, May 3- June 11, 2018 | Photo Credit: Laara Cerman