My landscapes are celestial windows into a subconscious and intangible spiritual destination. I am simultaneously creating and discovering as I apply and manipulate oil and acrylic paints through accretion and excavation to evoke the earth’s surface. I am passionate about exercising my ability to turn personal hardship into self-awareness, artistic expression, and power with painting as a reflective conduit. Transformation and divine transcendence have been constant themes in my life and my work in abstraction.
I envelop the viewer into the artwork’s moody atmosphere to feel impacted—either brought to a place hidden in the shadows or transported to a divine realm. My painting practice manifests dissonant elements and feels simultaneous—fluidity and sharpness, light and darkness, uninhibited while thoughtful—resulting in surface-driven landscapes of honesty and self-acceptance, which are both unsettling and tender.
Kamiesha Garbadawala was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. She resides in New York City, where her studio practice is based. Kamiesha received a BBA in Fashion Design Marketing from Parsons School of Design in 1999. A former accessories designer, Kamiesha launched a celebrated line of handbags (Alric Suba) with Barneys New York. Her creative passion has reemerged and flourishes in the form of abstract celestial landscapes, which are self-reflective landscapes inspired by emotion and memory.
In 2017, Kamiesha’s work was exhibited at the National Academy Museum, SCOPE Miami Beach, and a solo show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She took part in SVA’s Summer 2017 Residency Program. In 2018, her exhibition, Sugarcane, opened at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in Chelsea, and she participated in Columbia University’ School of the Arts’ Summer Painting Intensive Program. In October 2018, She proudly participated in the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Annual Fall Fête. Kamiesha is currently pursuing an MFA graduate degree in Fine Arts Painting at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, expected to graduate in May 2022.