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portrait by Carolyne Loree Teston

Rashida is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. Her artistic practice reflects her aspiration to find light and liberation from societal constraints put upon the brown, Muslim, woman’s body. The body’s power and struggle are observed and documented through the use of bandhani (a south-Asian dyeing technique), painting and pouring pigment on raw canvas. The process of tying and untying is imprinted by dye and the layering of color through these blemishes symbolizes an attempt to be unbound, leaving us with an imagined landscape. 

Rashida has been painting and making art from a very young age, and maintains a professional career in social and government reform for marginalized New Yorkers. Her artistic practice is informed by both, as Rashida's paintings explore themes of liberation and constraint. 

 

Rashida is a Queens-native and a proud graduate of New York City public schools. She holds an honors degree in studio arts and political theory from Wesleyan University, and a master of science in comparative politics from the London School of Economics. She began her formal study of art at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and continues to study at the Art Students League of New York. She lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with her son and husband and serves on the board of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective.

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