Rashida is a Brooklyn-based painter that combines traditional dyeing techniques and acrylic paint to create large-scale works. For Rashida, painting is an act of freedom from her various identities and the sometimes-oppressive baggage they come with. In pouring, splashing and staining raw canvas with exuberant color, the surface is marked in a way that emphasizes an unrestrained gesture and energy devoid of figurative references. While pulling inspiration from New York school painters and south Asian dyeing techniques, she seeks to uplift a history of non-representative art prevalent in non-western cultures that often goes unrecognized.
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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