‘Bahin’ Oil Painting

Influenced by my shared experiences as the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, and as an immigrant myself to the United States, my detailed portraits of South Asian immigrant women explore memories of cultural, social, and economic transition. Along with ornate, precisely-rendered jewelry, the Dupatta, a traditional scarf worn in South Asian countries, permeates portraits, referencing not only my personal journey, but those of past, present, and future generations of immigrants.

My work represents beauty, strength and determination, just some of the traits I saw in women I grew up around. Many immigrant women I knew tapped into all the skills they had to make their new lives, in a new land. My portraits honor women that are often overlooked”.

– Shabana