“When we create art, we awaken to our own lives,” explains Mei. “We slow down enough to experience our lives with more curiosity. And because we are able to discover our hidden narratives and rewrite them during the creative process, art becomes a safe space in which to heal and grow.”
In a recent interview, the Bangor Daily News called Mei one of the area’s “fastest rising artists” and described her artistic style as the following: “She blends her contemporary state of mind with somewhat romanticized versions of old Chinese culture to create themed printings, paintings and shadowboxes.”
Mei is a visual artist who was born in Sichuan, China, and migrated to the U.S. in 1997 in her twenties. Creating artworks in acrylic painting and mixed media, she takes her inspiration from Chinese artistic, cultural and spiritual traditions. She is also one of the three co-founders of the new arts series Yaji: East/West Cultural Gatherings, an East/West creative hub in New England. Mei spends her days as a research director at Gartner and has co-invented more than 30 patents during her twelve-year career at IBM. For more, please visit www.meiselvage.com
About 3fish Gallery
In 1997, Ron and Christine Spinella opened 3fish gallery, which has hosted a variety of visual and performance artists as well as showing their own artwork. The gallery is located at 377 Cumberland Ave, Portland, Maine. It is open from Thursday to Saturday: 1–4 pm. Phone: (207) 773-4773.