La Jolla CoveKismet Art Co.
About this Artist
Born and raised in The South by two Persian parents, Sheyda Mehrara has always felt a little bit of an outsider. She just didn’t recognize and leverage it as a superpower until recently. Taking ownership and learning to fall in love with the very parts that she once felt shame around have led her to pick up a paintbrush.
Sheyda is now a mixed media painter living in Atlanta, GA. Largely self-taught, as an art career was not supported as a first generation immigrant child, she has utilized her travels, her cinephilia, her heritage and more to inform her work.
"'What are these emotions & why do I feel it so intensely?' I find myself asking all too often. Before the emotions would bubble up, suffocate me, bind me, cast a spell for a few days. What I didn’t realize is that each was a mirror in gaining a better understanding of my deepest desires &, equally important but not mutually exclusive, my latent triggers.
For so long, I didn't know what to do with the rush...to the flood of emotions I felt so often. I marked it as a curse because the burden felt so strong. These paintings allow me to face those feelings & confront them. Instead of punishing myself for those sentiments, the brushstrokes allow me to turn it into a positive self-dialogue. It's all in effort to learn who I am and what I stand for & in turn help others navigate the process of healing."