Bhavna Mehta emigrated to the United States in 1989. She works with paper – cutting and embroidering it to tell visual stories that combine portraiture, botanical motifs, creatures and our modern surroundings. Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council (2017) in partnership with Art Produce and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015) with Oceanside Museum of Art. She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners.
Mehta has exhibited widely throughout San Diego and she collaborates with public artists using paper as a design medium to create images that are transformed into permanent materials.
She has engineering degrees from both India and the US and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art full time. She learned paper cutting from Beatrice Coron at Penland School of Craft and teaches book arts and paper cutting workshops. My father’s letter, is a new work commissioned by New Americans Museum in conjunction with the Smithsonian travelling exhibition, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation on view at NAM through July 8, 2018. Visit: www.bhavnamehta.com