"My art is my search for the moments beyond the ones of self knowledge. It is the rhythmic fantasy; a restless streak which looks for its own fulfillment! A stillness that moves within! An intense search for my origin and ultimate identity". - Meena

Meena Chopra - Poetry and Art

Saturday 9 September 2023

Unveiling the Veiled Muse: The Enigmatic Role of Subconscious in Art by Meena Chopra


Published in *Setu Bilingual monthly journal published from Pittsburgh, USA :: पिट्सबर्ग अमेरिका से प्रकाशित द्वैभाषिक मासिक *

 "American painter Jackson Pollock eloquently stated, "When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I've been about".

As an artist, I've always been fascinated by the intricate link between creativity and the subconscious mind. I always feel that the subconscious self has an innate, profound and enigmatic role in shaping the world of art, infusing it with a depth and authenticity that can only be glimpsed through the deepest workings of the mind.

Beholding the shadows - Digital drawing by Meena Chopra

There's an almost mystical quality to the way the subconscious mind serves as a wellspring of inspiration. It's as if a hidden treasure trove of ideas, emotions, and imagery lies beneath the surface, waiting to be exploited, unearthed and to be brought to life on the canvas or on any chosen artistic medium. Some of my most unique and intriguing art ideas have emerged unknowingly from the depths of my subconscious, guiding me towards unexplored territories and uncharted creative waters of the hidden self.

What's truly remarkable is how one's latent being seamlessly weaves symbols and metaphors while creating an artwork. These symbols often carry personal significance that may not be immediately evident, yet they infuse the work with layers of complexity and depth. As if the submerged self comes to the surface in the act of “creative flow," where the artist in me takes over in a kind of oneness, getting deeply engaged with an 'idea'. This creative flow can be attributed to a deep hidden world of mind. Perhaps the subconscious self-starts communicating in a language of symbols, allowing to convey emotions and narratives that go beyond the limitations of words alone.

I've often found myself making instinctual choices in terms of color palettes, shapes, and compositions. These choices, driven by an intuition that goes beyond rational thought, contribute to the authenticity and spontaneous flow of the artwork. It's as if the subconscious whispers its guidance, leading me down a path that feels right, even if I can't always pin point and explain why.

Many times, through art, I've been able to express complex feelings that might elude verbal articulation. As if the latent within became a conduit for emotions participating in a creative flow. Perhaps it's a therapeutic outlet and it allows me to process emotions buried within the recesses of my mind. This emotional resonance translates into my work, creating a bridge between my inner world and the external canvas.

I feel, because art is rooted with the latent and hidden part of human consciousness, it can at times challenge logical thinking, guiding us towards unconventional approaches. It might not always conform to traditional narratives, inviting viewers to interpret and engage with the work on an emotional and subliminal level. Famous artist Henri Matisse once said, "Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." This spirit of playfulness and curiosity fuels one's journey into the depths of the subconscious, unlocking doors to ideas and inspiration, something which can’t be consciously conjured.

I realize that the creative journey is not just a linear process—it's a multidimensional and a cyclic experience that keeps on intertwining the conscious with the hidden. 

As I navigate the intricate labyrinth of artistic creation, I am humbled by the role of that hidden and subtle self. A role that transcends time and culture, linking artists across centuries through a shared connection to the deeper recesses of the human experience. Through dreams, symbols, and intuition, I become a silent collaborator, infusing my art with a depth and authenticity that springs from the very essence of ‘who I am. It's an exploration that reminds me that art is not just an external endeavour—it's a journey within to a journey without.

As Carl Jung wisely noted, "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play of instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." 

Bio: Meena Chopra is a Canadian Indian poet, a visual artist, designer, art curator and a producer of art and literary events. She writes both in English and her native Hindi language.


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Tuesday 29 August 2023

Nalanda Award for best Hindi Poet goes to multiligual poet and artist Meena Chopra by the "Canadian South Asian Literary Festival 2023"


Delighted to share that I've been awarded the prestigious NALANDA AWARD for Best Hindi Poet by the "Canadian South Asian Literary Festival 2023"! 
As an artist and a poet of both Hindi and English, I've always embraced the beautiful synergy between the languages, between my Indian heritage and Canadian influences. My creative journey has always oscillated between cultures and the realms of art, poetry and literature.
I'm truly humbled by this recognition, which reaffirms the power of creative expression in literature, art and cultures to bridge gaps and transcend boundaries. A heartfelt thank you to the organizers and everyone who has supported me on this path. This award is not just mine, but a celebration of the diverse voices that enrich our artistic and literary tapestry. 🙏
यह बताते हुए खुशी हो रही है कि मुझे कैनेडियन साउथ एशियन लिटररी फेस्टिवल 2023 द्वारा सर्वश्रेष्ठ हिंदी कवि के लिए प्रतिष्ठित नालंदा पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया है!
एक कलाकार और रचनाकार के रूप में, मैंने हमेशा अपने भारतीय और कनाडाई प्रभावों के बीच सुंदर तालमेल को अपनाया है। मेरी रचनात्मक यात्रा संस्कृतियों, भाषाशैलियों, कला और कविता के बीच सदैव ही गतिशील रही है।
मैं वास्तव में हर उस प्रयास का विनम्रता से और हृदय से स्वागत करती हूं जो जीवन के हर एक पहलू की दूरियों को कम करके,असीमित सीमाओं को लांघता हुआ, कलात्मक एवं साहित्यिक अभिव्यक्ति की शक्ति की पुष्टि करता है। 
आयोजकों और सभी को जिन्होंने मुझे इस लायक समझा और मेरी रचनात्मक गतिविधियों का समर्थन किया, उनको मेरा हार्दिक धन्यवाद। यह पुरस्कार सिर्फ मेरा नहीं है, बल्कि उन विविध आवाज़ों का उत्सव है जो हमारी रचनात्मक टेपेस्ट्री को समृद्ध करती हैं। 🙏


For my poetry kindly Visit: English: Hindi: website: 

Tuesday 20 September 2022

In Between The Lines

International show of 'Art and Poetry' in metaverse, on the virtual plane of CROSSARTS Gallery, showcasing women poets from Canada and India and the Indian diaspora from the UK and USA
Art By Canadian Artist - Miro Korsic (1940-2012) (An artist that leaves behind his legacy of beautiful art in Mississauga, Canada)
This will simultaneously also inaugurate the virtual art gallery CROSSARTS in metaverse under the aegis of Cross Currents Indo-Canadian International Arts.
Event is organized by CROSS CURRENTS - Indo-Canadian International Arts with the support of Mississauga Arts Council (MAC)
Celebrating 75 Years of India's Independence
Conceived and curated by Meena Chopra
Co-curated by Nain Amyn
Kindly Go to the Eventbrite link and reserve your free ticket:
It is a permanent show which will remain on CROSSART's Virtual Gallery for viewing and reading.
Time: 10 AM to 12pm (Canada)
7:30pm (India)
3pm (England)
10am (USA Eastern)
Date: Saturday 24th Sept 2022
Venue: Zoom
Greeting the guests, poets/informal interaction -20 minutes
Gallery tour/event introduction/ introducing the poets and the artists - 15 minutes
Speakers - 15 minutes
Readings by poets - 50 minutes
Q and A and interaction - 15 minutes
Thank you note- 3 minutes
Participating Poets on the walls
ANNA YIN (Canada)
QURAT DAR (Canada)
It is a permanent show which will remain on CROSSART's platform for viewing and reading. Virtual Gallery can be accessed from your laptop, device or VR Headsets
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Thursday 14 July 2022

A grand poetry and art evening NOWA at Beaux Arts Brampton


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