Hi I'm Harita Patel!

 

I am a South Asian-American, visual artist based in Denver, Colorado. 

As a self-taught artist, I specialize in painting, printmaking and mixed media art. Currently I serve as co-president  of Red Delicious Press, a printmaking

co-op and community art space located in Aurora, Colorado.

I've completed graduate degrees at the University of Cincinnati, and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the field of Political Science. My graduate studies emphasized an interdisciplinary lenses to questions of power, programs of development, and critical research methodologies. My graduate research focused on South Asian women's labor, politics of cultural discourse, and international development. I currently work in the field of diversity and inclusion in higher education.  

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Artist Statement: 

 

As children we spend years pursuing an education to understand the world around us-- as adults we spend years unraveling our reality so we can understand ourselves.

 

My work is a self-reflection upon the subconsciousness trauma and healing of historically disenfranchised populations and global diaspora. Often referencing themes in nature such as water lilies, lotuses, and mountains-- my projects document a journey toward self-empathy, understanding purpose, and identifying that which is real and unreal. My work touches on themes of transformation, death of the ego, false constructs, unlearning, and eastern spirituality.

 

While I use a variety of materials and processes, in each project my methodology is consistent-- I embrace action without attachment to the outcome, and accept the beauty that follows from those moments of freedom. Through my work I learned that the first step to developing self-empathy is by disrupting our personal ideas of success and failure. By recognizing failure as the beginning instead of the end, and that success is a deeply relative term predicated on beliefs and notions which are learned and not inherent. By interrogating these concepts-- we reorient our minds toward possibility.

 

My creations are acts of empathy, reminding the viewer that there is unexpected beauty found in abandoning our attachments and expectations to the outcome; because each action is enough for the next to occur. Each project consists of multiple works, in a variety of media, grouped around specific narratives and meanings. During my research and production new projects and methods of interest arise, which guide the next body of work.

Vision

We are mirrors of our art. Often what we believe are our flaws, may be what others find beautiful about us. When we are faced with the imperfection that is human-perfection, what can we do to help us cultivate compassion for our own existence?

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