Sculpture, Mixed Media
Mixed Media, Wood, Reclaimed Materials
I am a Brooklyn based first-generation South Asian Indian American artist who has spent a decade and a half as a sustainability consultant in the green building field. 8 years ago, I left my 9-5 consulting job to work for myself as a means of making room to explore my artistic expression. Sustainability never left me. As a result, my visual artwork is influenced by sustainable architecture and principals of nature, physics, and biology. One will find an aesthetic of amoebic free flowing organic shaped forms organized in fractal or biologicals patterns juxtaposed with architectural structural forms permeating throughout most of my work. I also explore the boundary between the build world and the natural world often using sustainable and reclaimed materials discarded from the build world. I take a multidisciplinary approach and do not consider myself an artist dedicated to one medium. Instead, I dedicate my work to themes and ideas using the best medium to express these ideas while also allowing materials readily available to me to speak to me about what they want to become. This approach has inspired me to create a variety of work over the years ranging from interactive kinetic sculptures, slatted light sculptures, public guerrilla art, wall art from reclaimed materials, woodworking, paintings, digital art animations, and public art.
Seema Lisa Pandya’s art is informed by sustainability, biology, and her South Asian culture. Her work ranges from painting, sculpture, digital media, and kinetic works to public art and has been shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art-Long Island, Anderson Contemporary, Pioneer Works, Plaxall Gallery, BRIC Arts, Wagner College, FIT, Prospect Park, Governor’s Island, (NYSID) New York School of Interior Design, Leon Gallery, Greenwich Art Society, and more. Seema and her work have also been featured in Vogue India, Fine Woodworking Magazine, GB&D Magazine, Mood of Living, CodaWorx Magazine, Slow + Sustain, other publications, and more recently in a 2022 Super Bowl commercial. She has made works for recipients such as Khizr Khan and Chelsea Clinton. Her early career curatorial gallery achievements as Co-Owner of Revoluciones Collective Art Space in Denver Colorado included featuring artists such as Shepard Fairey and was awarded Best Alternative Art Space - Top of the Rockies Colorado in 2004, and Best Gallery Award, Go-Go Magazine in 2001. Pandya has served as a mentor for the NYFA Immigrant Artist program, an advisor for the Diversity, Equity and, Inclusion committee at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), and has extensive public speaking history including being a panelist at the Asian Arts Alliance “Art, Environment, and Justice in a Changing World” in 2019. She is also on the Board of the Brooklyn Raga Massive music collective. Pandya earned her BFA with a concentration in Sustainable Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainable building at NYSID. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Seema Lisa Pandya
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