Surprise Aquarium - Meera Palia

20 Jun 2023 – 26 Jul 2023

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10:30 – 20:00
10:30 – 20:00
10:30 – 20:00
10:30 – 20:00
10:30 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
10:30 – 20:00

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‘Surprise Aquarium’ is abstract expressionist painter Meera Palia’s first solo exhibition, sharing with you a selection of spontaneous ‘outpourings’ from 2019-2023, a period of time with change at its heart, shaped by grief, hormonal mayhem and a desire to create work fully ‘in the moment’.


With a love for raw and improvised art forms, Meera aims for the painting equivalent of a jazz jam, prioritising the energy and authenticity of free mark-making over achieving a polished composition or choreographed act. This exhibition is a celebration of, and warm invitation to consider the vulnerability and empowerment contained in the act of painting without a defined outcome in mind, with all the imperfections, uncertainty and challenges of remaining open to dissonance as well as harmony. Since entering the perimenopausal years, Meera has developed a deeper appreciation of the therapeutic value of painting in this way as an unplanned release of unpredictable, constantly shifting thoughts and emotions. Recent works convey this spirit of restlessness-  of moods, ideas and ways of being in flux- unfinished, subject to change.

From minimalist to maximalist expressions, Meera uses acrylics, oils and collage to create varied work that is colourful, playful and visceral. Inspired by the rhythmic, gestural, physical act of painting, Meera will also often paint to music, bringing its energy, syncopation and movement into her work.  Seeing painting as an enquiry, a dialogue with the unknown, she enjoys being surprised by what happens in front of her, experiencing each piece as a unique event. Recognisable ‘forms’ such as figures, landscapes or suggestions of stories may or may not emerge and it is this sense of the unexpected that Meera finds so compelling.   

This exhibition will run from Tues 20th June until Wed 26th July inclusive (extended dates!) at the beautiful Willesden Gallery within Willesden Library. It is a free event - turn up any time, all welcome! 

Exhibition Opening Night Drinks will be held on Wed 21st June, 6-9 pm - not essential but helpful if you can RSVP to meerapalia@hotmail.com if you'd like to join for a drink or arrange to meet at another point throughout the show.

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