The Arts Council of White Lake has named Michigan native Mini Mukherjee as its Emerging Artist for 2017. The Council’s Nuveen Center, 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall, is hosting Mukherjee’s first solo exhibition September 7 through October 21. An opening reception for “Your Time is Now” is 5-7 p.m. September 7.
Mukherjee is just one year into her journey as a professional mixed media artist, although she’s been exploring artistic outlets since she was a child. After writing a few short stories, she began to illustrate her work. Illustration quickly grew into exploration of visual art. “I started to experiment with different media such as charcoal and acrylic, and felt something stir in my soul when I first saw a drop of glass paint hit the
metal,” she states.
Her “canvases” are sheets of steel, aluminum, copper or brass to which she introduces new textures, colors and extreme heat to create hypnotic swirls and patterns. Her latest body of work, “Your Time is Now” is a series of metal paintings that explores concepts of creative flow and personal growth. Mini applies the techniques she learned during her training in creative fabrication to create hypnotic swirls and patterns on steel and aluminum sheets, while allowing bold painted colors to draw the viewer into the depth of the work.
The Ann Arbor native, who now lives in Southern California, walked away from the finance and tech world to “follow my heart instead of my head.” Her fire paintings have sold to private collectors across the country and to multiple galleries in California. She is also participating in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids with her metalwork sculpture “Joy Buddies”, exhibiting at the Devos Center from September 20 through October 8.
“I grew up in Michigan, fell in love in New York City, and have moved all over the country for the last eight years. Coming home to Michigan for my first solo show fills me with such joy as I have the opportunity to connect as an artist with a place that is so close to my heart.”