MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016, 2013
Artist StatementMy work is an ongoing search for meaning in my spiritual journey from the microcosm to the macrocosm. Using symbols, I have been trying to understand concepts that are simple yet profound.
Shanthi Chandra-Sekar is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood. In recent years she has also added sculpting,Tanjore painting and printmaking to her repertoire of skills. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual. Most well-known for the vibrancy of her works, Shanthi uses a wide variety of media, including oils, acrylics, colored pencils, pen and ink, wood, clay, soapstone, and alabaster. Shanthi's works have been displayed in a variety of locations through the Washington D.C. area, and she has won numerous awards for her paintings as well as her sculptures.