Seema Shah is a Vancouver-based self-taught artist. Her creative journey began after the onset of illness several years ago. Though her initial focus was writing, she has concentrated on visual art since 2014. The use of collage is one of the most consistent aspects of her art. Over the years, Seema has searched for opportunities to share her creative work in ways that feel personally meaningful to her and relevant to her work – this has included the publication of her writing in literary journals and anthologies, as well as the showing of her art in group exhibits.
I gravitate towards the making of small things. Chronic illness has often necessitated working from bed. Fortunately, the size and nature of my art have allowed me to do so when needed. Much of my art contains at least an element of collage. I am innately drawn to the piecing together of disparate elements to form new meaning and aesthetic. Starting from a place of intuition, story and meaning tend to reveal itself obliquely, often through the use of metaphor, characters (animals and creatures of all sorts), and/or humour.