Shameera Wiest, b. 1969, Indian-American artist, MS Industrial Engineering 2000, University of Miami, focused her academic work on risk analysis and safety and health effects of human interaction with their work environment.
As an artist she creates expressionist dialogues in response to her perceptions and understanding of human behavior and decision-making processes, as pertains to the environment.
Using materials with a low-carbon footprint she explores line, points, knots, and space to design visual analytic charts to get the viewer engaged in asking questions about their decision-making process and impact on climate. With dust, she memorializes by-products of nature and manufacturing and their interaction with each other. Her creative process follows principles of the scientific method and sustainability.
As a child in India, she had no access to Western Art, but with a family of artisan women who sewed her clothing, she began exploring her own creativity. She draws inspiration from her Himalayan ancestry, an immigrant childhood in America, former experience as a scientist and research analyst, teaching experiences with migrants from Central America, with refugees from Afghanistan protected by UNHCR, and years as an expat in Asia and Europe.
In 2010 she received the State Department Award for Outstanding Volunteerism from Hillary Clinton. Her Masters degree was funded by a scholarship from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
In 2012, she transitioned to pursuing art full-time, exhibiting in the US, Switzerland, South Korea and China. Her work is held in private collections in the US, Malaysia, Switzerland, Japan and China.
In 2017 and 2018 she presented on the topic of art, science and climate change at the US Embassy in Beijing. In October 2018, at the Swiss Embassy Beijing, she created “Swiss Alpine Memories and Analytic Thinking”, which combined performance, painting and installation linking art and science.
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