Solo Exhibit 2019

We Shake With Joy, We Shake With Grief: The Charcoal Paintings of Meena Matocha

A new exhibition by Meena Matocha opens June 1, 2019 at The Gallery at Atelier 1205, Austin, TX.  The exhibition features her newest work in charcoal, ashes, soil and wax and will be on display until August 4, 2019.  The opening reception will be June 1, 2019, from 4 – 7pm, at The Gallery at Atelier 1205,  1205 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 and is free and open to the public.

In the exhibition, “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.  Her new work is not only an expression of her own personal grief, but she has also created each piece as something of an icon to point the viewer toward this same tension which is common to all of humanity.  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 exhibit or for purchase inquiries, contact Saul Jerome San Juan at

For a sneak peek, visit the artist during the West Austin Studio Tour at stop 82 – located at 2008 Arthur Lane, Austin, TX 78704; May 11, 12, 18, 19, 11am-6pm.

Images below are cropped.  To see them in their entirety, please visit the gallery.