Mia Sandhu’s paper-based works explore her fascination with cultural hybridity, gender, sexuality, and personal/familial narratives. In her current series, Sandhu specifically considers woman’s arduous search for self-love and the accompanying strength of spirit that this personal journey necessitates.
By an intricate process of layering the female figure, foliage, and East Indian motifs, she explores experiences of shame in sexual, emotional and cultural contexts. The work draws from experiences that are both personal to her and that are also shared by women broadly. Sandhu celebrates the achievements of women who have been able to grow out of their self-consciousness towards a greater freedom of self-expression.
Mia Sandhu received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University. Her work has been included in numerous Canadian exhibitions in Toronto, Kingston, Halifax, and Hamilton including a solo exhibition, Soft Kaur, at the Assembly Gallery in Hamilton (2019), and recent group exhibitions at the Patel Gallery, Toronto (2020); 10 Years Ago Gallery, Toronto (2019); Galerie SAW, Ottawa (2019); and the Assembly Gallery, Hamilton, ON (2018) among many others. Sandhu currently lives and works in Toronto.