Shima Shanti, inspired by Spirit and nature, paints with beeswax and fire. She juxtaposes bold texture that is rough yet refined with a sublime neutral tone and hue that appear to span spiritual dimensions. Her use of native and vintage elements in contemporary design blur the boundaries of culture and dissolve records of time. What is left to the beholder is the feeling of being in this world but not of it, the feeling of unifying oneness of Peace. Shima’s work appears ethereal nonetheless firmly grounded. This along with her unyielding acceptance of the imperfect is reflected in her work.
Shima’s conventional upbringing, in contrast with her spiritual and existential understanding is revealed in captivating depth in both her artwork and published books. Similar to life—every layer of beeswax and each moment in time are fused behind and before, creating life’s journey. Witnessing the spontaneous expression in an artist’s work deepens one’s own self-awareness and reveals both the artist’s and beholder’s unique perception of Reality. This is the gift of art.