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“We Shake With Joy, We Shake With Grief” Series

In the series, “We Shake With Joy, We Shake With Grief,”  Meena Matocha paints with charcoal, ashes, soil and wax to create pieces which capture the uncomfortable tension between joy and grief, life and death, and the eternal and temporal – these opposites which exist in the same breath, within the same body.  She uses a combination of abstract expressionism and classical realism to create her life size black and white pieces.

Visual arts journalist, Thao Votang, says of Matocha’s work, “[her] training in painting comes through in her recent work of charcoal drawings.  Her portraits and swaths of charcoal evoke a strong feeling of sorrow and a darkness beneath as she explores her ‘relationship with grief, time, and the metaphysical realm.’”

To make an appointment to view the work in person or for purchase inquiries, contact the artist: meena.matocha(at)

Portraits and People


Painting Series “And the Distance Dissolves Into the Love”

A series dedicated to the ten years I lived as an American expatriate among Muslims in China’s remote northwest region of XinJiang.  I spent those years learning the language and culture, resisting the “expat bubble,” and seeking connection with the unfamiliar.  These are memories of  the people and places.

Work and Studies from 1995-2003