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Bhavna works with paper cutting and embroidery to tell stories that combine figurative imagery with botanical motifs, text, and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, using cutting and sewing to talk about exposing and hiding, she makes work about relating and remembering. Born and raised in India in an extended family, she was surrounded by women who constantly embroidered, knitted, sewed, and created for the home. Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California and has won multiple awards in juried shows. She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. She has engineering degrees from both India and the United States and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art. Find her work at www.bhavnamehta.com.

Photographer credit: Lynn Susholtz

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