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Selected Visual Art by Aleena Sharif

I mainly focus on oil painting and almost exclusively paint nude female figures. The overall scaffolding behind my work is to confront issues of negative connotations around the female body and body image. I work to normalize confidence and move away from this unforgiving stereotype against women. What I aim to do in my pieces is create a sense of power. The way the figure fills the canvas and the pose. It’s often large scale and larger bodies and usually they are almost looking down on to the viewer which creates this sense of demanding attention. Which then starts the conversation of reclaiming space and unapologetically being loud and in your face and not shying away. I try to keep it as realistic as possible so you will often see hair, stretch marks, rolls, not only included in my work but usually highlighted or even go as far as to say glorified.

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