Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education. When she was 14, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on her way to school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
In my collage portrait series, I strive to convey that each person’s background is a part of their own history. I believe that each person is comprised of a combination of their own life experiences, cultural background, education, past events, religious beliefs, society, environment, etc.
I wanted to express and demonstrate this distinct individual story of Malala in my work.
The design of the background comprised of a brick building, old stone and concrete, and the design that reminds me of middle-eastern henna drawings. As the portrait became part of the background, I have also illustrated the school with a tree, which shows that the scene happened outside of the school. Another layer of meaning for the tree is growth and hope for the future.
"Malala Yousafzai", 2014
Collage and portrait painting
Printed images, charcoal and mixed media on canvas
30" x 24"
2015 Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, TX, Invitational Visual Art Alliance Exhibit (1/14 -2/12/15)
2016 Cloister Gallery, Houston, TX, City Artworks Teachers Exhibition (7/29 -8/16/2016)
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