3. Meera Chauhan

My practice revolves around collection, revisitation, and interiority. Drawing from personal objects and family photographs, I create images that question the way I organize my small treasures. What stays and what goes? What do I keep coming back to? The paintings act as containers, as well as the contained object, sometimes getting interpreted again within other works.

The work’s subject matter addresses ideas of nesting: the child within the womb, the picture within the album, the object held by the shelf. In creating compositions, I use the flatbed space of the scanner to arrange and contemplate connections between various objects. They become flattened, physically and perhaps metaphorically, and then are created anew by my hand in the painted space.

What happens when those objects get squashed and reproduced, and then reinterpreted? I find the process similar to being told a story of a time when you did not yet exist, or maybe partially existed. I saw (heard) Tina Turner live from the womb. When the image is stored, sun damaged, scanned, cut up, painted, and repainted, it becomes thick with memory, paralleling the way stories are passed down and altered through generations. Fraught yet tender, my practice creates space to hold my personal identities as a daughter, a collector, and a painter.