Although Meera Thompson was trained as a figurative painter, her paintings have become increasingly abstract, especially the landscapes and seascapes, which she characterizes as “near abstractions of distant places.” She explains,
“They represent a journey into imagination—one that explores the way memories and associations color a sense of place. When we search our memories for certain views, what we see is their gradual unfolding and their cumulative effects on us—their places in our own histories. My work plumbs that experience. The triptychs, in particular, examine the way painting intensifies recollection, fusing then with now, and merging here with there.”
Because the intensity of the color, the fluidity of the medium, and the texture of the ground all play essential roles in her images, she combines gouache, ink and watercolor on heavy handmade cotton papers.
Meera Thompson graduated from Vassar College and received an M.F.A. from Boston University. She teaches drawing and painting at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University.