Palija Shrestha is from Kathmandu, and currently resides in San Francisco, USA. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts Degree from California College of the Arts, 2019 and studied Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art from Hollins University, in 2014. Shrestha is a finalist of the Barclay Simpson Award, was nominated for the Headlands Residency Award, the Vermont Studio Center Fellow and has received the Betsy Richardson Boney Scholarship, Claudia W. Belk Scholar Award, Figg Belk Scholarship Award, etc.
Shrestha’s practice is based upon the term ‘In-between’ taken from Homi K. Bhabha, “Location of Culture” . Her work is a mishmash of the experiences of 3 generations of her family members. In an interplay of exterior and interior/negative and positive space, she incorporates abstraction through language, figures, and realistic identifiable objects in her paintings to induce liminality. She investigates, navigates and reorganizes politics in response to her, her mother's and her grandmothers' experiences. Shrestha also uses her practice as a tool to pursue Atman and Brahman.
Shrestha primarily practices painting, and is influenced by abstract expressionism, color field painting, and Paubha painting.
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