© 2016 by Sobia Ahmad

Current Series of Paintings (in progress)

Began in 2016, this is an on-going series of mixed-media paintings in response to personal and community identities becoming a demeaning public and political debate. Each painting began with collaged images of Muslims in pop culture and news. The final black-and-white paintings only show hints of these sourced images, a reference to misrepresentation and obliteration of identities. This work sits at the intersection of a personal journey of healing, social activism, and art. Using headscarves, Islamic geometry, and Urdu calligraphy, I define my own existence while trying to understand fluidity of identity due to both personal and political factors. In search of home and belonging, the creative process itself becomes a sanctuary, a metaphorical space to exist in and claim as one's own. Thus, the art becomes not only a product of catharsis but also a symbol of personal empowerment and resistance. 

The Muslim

2016

Acrylic, oil marker, Keffiyeh, and found images on canvas

48 x 60 in

Command the Women

2016

Acrylic, oil marker, and headscarf on canvas

48 x 60 in

Dirty Flowers

2016

Acrylic, oil marker, wallpaper, and fabric collage on canvas

48 x 60 in

White Chiffon 

Acrylic, oil marker, paper, headscarf and wallpaper on canvas

2017

48 x 60 in

Sounds of Fire

Acrylic, oil marker, paper, keffiyeh and collage on canvas

2018

48 x 60 in