Janvika Shah has been creating art since she was a toddler drawing on walls. Her art career began in art classes in grade school, which sparked a longtime interest in visual art.
“Art has always been a hobby of mine and something that I've dedicated time to," Shah said.
She said she has explored many mediums, but that she enjoys illustration most of all because of the detail she can add.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture selected Shah to create a piece of art for a bus shelter on South Road on UNC’s campus.
Shah said she wanted to create a piece of art that represents women's empowerment rooted in equity.
“So, I wanted to lift up some of the more marginalized identities that don't really get shown in public spaces,” Shah said.
She said she designed each panel of her illustration to depict a different variety of women. The first panel represents softness, the second panel represents strength and the third panel represents resilience.
The last panel represents wisdom and intuition, she said, and included an Indigenous identity. Shah said that she wanted to acknowledge and pay homage to the original inhabitants and anyone with Native descendants.
The end result was a high-resolution digital image that a printer could install on the bus shelter. Shah said she then created an Instagram post showcasing her work.