Artwork inspired by Mehroz Hussain's story

Tanya Kotnala2020

Project FUEL

Project FUEL

Inspired by the life lesson of Mehroz Hussain from Pakistan, "Believe in yourself, believe your healing process."

The artist Tanya Kotnala shares about the work, "The illustration symbolizes the elements of self reflection and healing. While creating this illustration the artist was deeply inspired by a beautiful quote by Rumi that reads “The wound is the place where the light enters you”. The insight for this illustration technique is derived from the vintage whimsical tarot card illustrations that tend to grant its onlooker the freedom to make their own perception of what it might mean. Going deeper than just what it reads, resonating with it and a tender belief to have probably lived it."

Tanya Kotnala, 27 is an illustrator, fashion designer and a textile lover from Uttarakhand, India. After working for the Ministry of Textiles and DC handicrafts as an artisan trainer in rural northeast India, she decided to run her own design based enterprise called Bhuli design Studio; where she now designs to share her fascination of India’s vibrant art and craft culture with the world!

World Wisdom Map is a unique project that documents the life lesson and story of people from each of the 195 countries in the world. The collation and exhibition of human wisdom is presented on a digital, artistic and interactive world map. The data has also been designed into education and art resources. This consciousness project combines visual, and wisdom anthropology that exists in the world and further sparks awareness about the diversity of lifestyles, as well as the coping mechanism that people employ to create a meaningful life. Using the tool of technology, it is easier to connect and exchange information to ignite hope and global participation in an unbiased and creative way.

World Wisdom Map is conceptualised by Project FUEL, in association with Singapore International Foundation.


  • Title: Artwork inspired by Mehroz Hussain's story
  • Creator: Tanya Kotnala
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Location: India
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Project FUEL

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