Here are images from my visits to IMAGINE’s recently completed mural in Cambridge and a few quotes from sources that describe her art. I hope that these will lead you to sites with fascinating scenes and stories that engage you in her process, purpose and perspective!
” 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 all around the world.” (quote from Boston Artist-in-Residence bio 2018)
“Artist Sneha Shrestha’s earliest memory of art involves both pictures and letters. When she was a young child, Shrestha’s mother Kalpana (Nepali for imagination) would bring her work as a teacher and translator home to their house in Kathmandu, Nepal. At night, Shrestha would sometimes sit alongside her mother as she transcribed English books into Nepali, even redrawing any illustrations on the page.” (quote by Dana Forsythe from report for wbur The ARTery )
“…On my mural, I wrote a quote by a great Nepali poet, which roughly translates to “Success is defined by what’s in your heart, not your background and where you come from.” Success means different things to different people, and my mural speaks to people from all different backgrounds who converge in Central Square. …” interview with IMAGINE for #CSQINCOLOR SPOTLIGHT )
” Sneha is an artist, educator and social entrepreneur from Kathmandu, Nepal. 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. Before working on the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal, Sneha worked at Artists for Humanity which played a huge role in inspiring her to dedicate her life to art, education and innovative social impact. ” ( quote from artist’s website )
Links to Key Resources about IMAGINE’s Art
Boston Street Artist Fusing Sanskrit And Graffiti Traces Influence To Her Native Nepal by Dana Forsythe for the ARTery, WBUR August 2018
This Boston Artist-In-Residence wants to bring more street art to the city by Lauren Friel for boston.com February 2018