šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Beauty That is Brave

Rashmi Tyagi

South Asian

Beauty that is brave symbolizes the triumph of sisterhood, and celebrates the indomitable strength of being a woman. The female figures in the artwork are mirror reflections of each other, emphasizing that self discovery is possible when we choose to see one another in honest light. Freedom, as represented in the birds soaring above the forest, is then a ripple effect of that self acknowledgement.

The artwork focuses on the feminine nurturing of eternal beauty which gives birth to true liberation. The artist believes this quality of beauty can only be found when we’re in tune with the divinity of nature and of ourselves. As humans, the sense of freedom we experience on earth is directly proportional to the bravery with which we show up for one another. The emotional landscape of the piece is meant to inspire our relationship with the divine beauty that surrounds us as well as encourage us to meditate on the bravery in their own personal lives.

In the Year of the Dragon, the artwork is an invitation for people to come together in celebration of their personal victories. As well as an olive branch for them to embrace their truest selves. It serves as a reminder of the resilient spirit of the Vancouver community, which like the dragon, continues to soar with divine hope even in the darkest of winters.

Rashmi Tyagi is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary creative specializing in visual identities, graphic design and illustrations. She works to develop thoughtful, in-depth, artistic responses to a wide range of creative briefs. The South Asian visual artist is informed by the beauty of nature and her cultural roots, both of which are pivotal to her practice. Driven by a love of colour, she strives for a sense of tactility, playfulness, and a healing atmosphere in her work. Her whimsical and colourful illustrative style is inspired by everyday ordinary moments. She combines themes of nostalgia with texture, colours, and patterns within her work to depict spectacular scenes, most often celebrating women.

At its core, Rashmi’s art is an inquiry into the experience of being a human. Rashmi founded her eponymous creative studio as a vehicle to create impactful experiences. All while merging her artistic style with substance through her unique perspective and design sensibilities.

Born and raised in India, she received her Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch) in 2015 and has been working as a visual designer and artist since.

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.