After the success of her solo art exhibition, “Divine Debris”, Meena Kayastha will soon have the distinction of being Nepal’s first representative to the World Contemporary Artists (WCA), which will take place in Hong Kong in March 2017.
Taking a look down memory lane, she says that although she wasn’t really interested in art as a child, her father Raj Kumar Manandhar, an ethnical musician, and her husband, Kishor Kayastha, a fine art photographer, inspired her and opened a window into the world of art. She initially dabbled in painting, but later found her passion in antiques and sculpture. She was always intrigued by waste or junk materials, and was keen on recycling them to create something beautiful.
She understands that different people have different perceptions of different things. When people look at or think about junk, nothing positive or beautiful crosses their mind. She, on the other hand, believes that there is always a rhythm, some lyrics to everything. With an artistic point of view, she aims to create a balance between the lyrics and rhythm, and change people’s perspective on junk by incorporating it with her works of art.
She intends to spread hope and positive vibes with recreation and reuse of junk and antiques, making everyone aware of endless possibilities. In the context of Nepal, not much work has been done on junk art on a significant scale. She plans on changing this, and inspiring more artists to join the cause. As one of the first junk artists of Nepal, she has received much recognition, and considers this as the greatest achievement of her life.
Talking about what she is up to, now that her exhibition is over, shementions her involvement with the World Contemporary artists (WCA), which is becoming one of the leading organisations changing the world’s art platform. A democratic organization that aims to collect and connect contemporary artists across the globe, WCA wants to unite the diversities of our world through contemporary arts. It conducts art events and identifies and values contemporary artists and their catalogues and works to pass down to future generations. It also acts as a charity organisation to help aspiring artists all over the world.
It plans to build an art school for kids in a remote mountain village in Nepal to promote contemporary art, and give scholarships to selected artists and art residency programs worldwide, which will be funded entirely by the organization itself. It will also hold cultural tours and charity projects with the objective of recruiting more and more artists. The organisation is currently expanding itsnetwork for some large-scale projects coming up in 2017/2018. It has a target of 50,000 contemporary artists to connect within two years’ time. Kayastha, as the country representative to Nepal, is working to collect a strong database of Nepali contemporary artists.