Meena Hasan is a visual artist born in 1987 and raised in New York City, where she now lives and works. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 2009. She has exhibited in Ohio, New York City, Rhode Island, Rome and Shanghai. She won third place in the international art competition, Premio Terna 02 in 2009 through which she won and completed an artists' residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2010. She currently works in her studio at the artists' collective called The Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn, NY.
B.A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College; Currently working on MFA in Painting from Yale School of Art
I see drawing as a universal medium, simple and accessible. It has had countless uses, from religious manuscripts to cartoon animations. It is practiced in all cultures, loosening it from the constraints of historical suppositions. The medium’s inherent ability to remain open is why I choose to do my work in drawing. My drawings function in a contemporary context by testing the boundaries of tradition and manipulating both Eastern and Western methods of creating form. The direct act of leaving marks on a surface is a meditation on how I identify with cultural shifts and geographical dislocations. My work challenges stereotypes by visually rendering the contradictions of nationality, heritage and the act of identifying simultaneously with disparate societies.
2010 Left, South Asian Women’s Creative Collective Group Show: Aicon Gallery, Manhattan, NY. 2010 Women of Colors: Meena Hasan, solo show: The Patio Lounge, Brooklyn, NY. 2010 Premio Terna 02 group show, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center