Interview with IMAGINE as conveyed to Tori Weston.
IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha) is a Nepali artist who paints mindful mantras in her native language and meshes the aesthetics of Sanskrit scriptures with graffiti influences. Being the first to mesh Nepali Alphabets with American graffiti, she has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world from Boston to Kathmandu. Her show “Mindful Mandalas” was recently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Sneha has collaborated with international companies like Reebok, Neiman Marcus and Red Bull. Shrestha’s work is held in the private collections of Facebook, Google, Capital One, and Fidelity Investments.
Sneha is also an educator and social entrepreneur. She established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum to provide a creative space where children and youth can develop 21st century skills through project based art experiences.
Sneha received her Master’s degree from Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, Sneha explored effective leaderships in education and the intersections of creativity, learning and technology. Besides painting larger than life murals and paintings, Sneha passionately supports Asian art by working as the Arts Program Manager at Harvard’s Mittal South Asia Institute.
At what age did your creative journey begin?
Ever since i can remember, I have loved coloring and painting so I would say since forever!
Who or what inspires your work?
My Nepali culture.
Are there any topics or themes that continue to appear in your work?
Yes, I use my native letters as the subject of my work.
How has COVID-19 affected your work?
Murals have been postponed for now on one hand but on the other hand, I now have the time I need to focus on studio work.
How does one find your work?
www.imagine876.com and instagram @imagine876