Spiritual Life

Artist's work a reflection of Sikh faith, optimism for women

Courtesy of Tanya Momi
Tanya Momi’s “Whisper” is currently on display at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.

Local artist Tanya Momi often draws inspiration from her Sikh faith. Her work is represented in the exhibition “Expressions of Divinity,” running through Nov. 3 at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.

Her painting “Whisper” was selected for the display, which also features works from seven other artists.

Momi described her piece, which pictures seven nearly faceless women in a darkened room, as attesting to “the power of womanhood.” Although the room is dark, a door is open in the painting, revealing a light – a symbol, perhaps – that a better life lies outside and these whispering women are about to make a break for it.

“You will notice in my paintings women are posing beautifully and not doing hard labor,” said Momi, who has been painting for more than 30 years. “They look relaxed and still. They are appreciating life with beauty and strength.”

Overcoming hardships and obstacles in her life, Momi has persevered with optimism, living in the moment and practicing a 550-year-old religion that emphasizes peace and harmony.

She practices the principles set forth by the Sikh gurus in everyday life. Rather than be saddened by the anger and distress in the world around her, she looks for the positive in everyone and strives to help those in need.

Momi spends much of her time performing community service through such efforts as neighborhood emergency preparedness and giving to the El Camino Hospital Foundation. She also helps women through the Los Altos nonprofit WomenSV, which serves affluent victims of domestic violence.

“I bring women together for unity and strength,” she said. “Women need more support systems in life because they play so many different roles in life. Through my art, I bring messages of unity in women.”

When she’s not pursuing her art or her day job as owner-founder of Spoil Me Full Service Salon in Mountain View, Momi spends time mentoring other women.

“I coach women to overcome the things that stop them from living their lives,” she said. “My own life experience taught me how to move forward in life.”

Momi displayed several more of her paintings during an Aug. 31 Family Art Day at the Triton. The event and ongoing exhibition are sponsored by the Sikh Foundation International. The museum is located at 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara. A reception for the artists is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the museum. For more information, visit tritonmuseum.org.

For more information on the Sikh Foundation, visit sikhfoundation.org.

For more information on Momi, visit tanyamomi.com.

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