Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheetal Sheth.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am the daughter of immigrants who came here for a better life, a better way. Parents who sacrificed so much for their kids. Grew up in classic middle class suburban neighborhood where education and community were everything. Knew early on how lucky I was to be born in the US and wanted to affect meaningful change. Chose to do that through story-telling.
Please tell us about your art.
Telling stories is what I love to do- I’ve just been doing it through different medium, acting. But in this case, my purpose crossed disciplines organically. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was dismayed at the lack of representation in kids literature. I didn’t see enough children’s books that featured kids of color just living their life. Most of the ones I found were centered around a cultural holiday or an event. I thought we are never going to feel like we are part of the fabric of the mainstream unless we are the heroes of stories where we are doing ‘normal’ things. I wanted all children to feel worthy enough to see themselves in the books they were reading.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Equal representation and opportunity.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Buy, share, donate, gift the work! You can keep up with all the latest happenings on alwaysanjali.com and sheetalsheth.com
- Website: sheetalsheth.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beneaththesheetz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSheetalSheth/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/sheetalsheth
- Other: alwaysanjali.com
Illustrations by Jessica Blank, courtesy of Bharat Babies