14 Mar Meena Khalili – A Persian Princess
Meena Khalili, a first generation Iranian-American who yearns to visit Iran one day. She recently moved out of the city she’s called home all those years, and into Louisville, Kentucky. What Meena did next is the reason she is one of the most influential people in my life. She embraced feeling homesick and challenged herself to make Louisville a true home in 365 days. Launching the @NewInLou365 project, where she explores her new surroundings through illustration.
Meena Khalili is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville. Her work crosses boundaries between traditional design and studio art practices. Meena’s research explores typography and language through multimodal media, and focuses on design, illustration, and book art. She is inspired by geography, impermanence, and her experiences as a first generation Iranian-American.
In this episode Meena shares stories about her Persian heritage and how her family made it’s way to the U.S. She talks about her upbringing feeling different, and how it’s played a role in enriching her imagination; leading everyone in her school to believe that she was a Persian princess. Meena also talks to us about her creative process exploring Persian culture through entropic and visual design.
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