"Still I Rise" An Art Fundraiser by Ami Mehta
Ami Mehta is a visual artist working mainly in inks, charcoal, wax, aluminum and textiles. While she is South Asian American, a large part of Ami’s identity was shaped by living in the Middle East for the first 18 years of her life and being exposed to so many different cultures at a young age. As a result, Ami’s work often explores those cultural, political, and spiritual collisions that formed her worldview; but her art also grapples with questions emerging from deeper, more complex studies of identities that transcend borders and ethnicities. In her latest body of work, Ami layers modern and traditional Indian fabric motifs like ikat and block prints, with Hindi graffiti-like text, and western urban-art-inspired abstraction.
Ami is deeply committed to using her art practice to give back to others and has had the honor of working with Daya for several years to help raise awareness for the crucial services they provide abuse survivors. Her work is in the Fort Bend County permanent art collection, and she and two artist teammates have been chosen by the City of Houston to create three public art sculptures for the new Alief Community Center, to open later this year. Ami also works with art consultant firms in New York, Chicago, Austin and Atlanta, and has pieces permanently installed in public spaces such as JW Marriott, Magnolia Hotel, Hyatt Regency, and The Four Seasons.