Meera Palia is a self-taught North London-based abstract expressionist artist. Her paintings are unplanned, evolving out of the colours, textures, marks and moods that emerge throughout the process and whatever emotions or thoughts she carries with her at the time. Working mainly in acrylics but with a mixed media approach, Meera aims for the painting equivalent of a jazz jam or a flamenco improvisation, prioritising spontaneity, authenticity and freedom in mark-making over achieving a polished composition/choreographed act. Inspired by the rhythmic, gestural, physical act of painting -when it feels like her hand is freestyle dancing- she will often paint to music, bringing its energy into her work. Meera’s approach is experimental and she sees painting as an ongoing enquiry, a dialogue with the unknown. Recognisable ‘forms’ such as figures or landscapes may or may not emerge and it is this sense of the unexpected that Meera finds so compelling.