As I am getting older, I’m starting to realize how much harder it can be for a woman of colour in life and how many boundaries there are. I think that it is important to create because there are no boundaries to what you can create.
I recently opened an Etsy shop selling custom designed phone cases. All the profits will be donated to Women for Afghan Women, a non-profit organization that helps improve the lives of Afghan women and children. For the longest time, I was afraid of opening this shop in the fear that it would fail. Over time, I’ve come to realize that we should not let the fear of failure stop us from doing anything.
Love to me is unconditional unequivocal acceptance.
To me, my best work comes as a result of feeling an urge to create. So, I do it wherever I can. I’ve painted on my bed, on the floor, on an actual canvas stand, you name it. I have to say that the bed might not have been a good idea. It’s REALLY hard to get oil painting out of bed sheets.
It really depends on my mood but more often than not, it’s Edith Piaf.
My family left Afghanistan when I was a little child. I often think as to what would have happened if they hadn’t left. Because of that, I always have felt a kinship to Afghan women and children who are still in Afghanistan. If it wasn’t for my parents’ split second decision, I could be one of them. Whatever I try to achieve or I try to create, I have them in mind.
Art is about the process for me. It allows me to zone out from the world and focus singularly on the painting.