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Bangladeshi-born artist Faria Firoz is an interdisciplinary artist whose art practice explores globalization, cultural diaspora, displacement and equity to examine identity and cultural hybridization. Her work investigates social, political and cultural issues by utilizing pattern-making as a form of poetic meditation. Her commitment to social advocacy earned her the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Medal in 2021. Faria holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Fraser Valley, where she was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Artist Statement

In a burst of colours, Diverse Feathers strives to embody a world of unity and diversity. This painting portrays diverse birds, each adorned with distinct patterns, gracefully stepping out of their boxes to unite. It is as if these majestic creatures symbolize the souls of people migrating to foreign lands, embracing a new chapter in their lives.

Among the birds, the intricate patterns mirror the rich tapestry of South Asia, boasting vibrant feathers that reflect the vivid cultures they carry within. Like people settling in unfamiliar territories, these birds forge connections with their newfound companions, forming a delicate ecosystem of shared experiences and mutual understanding.

These birds paint a metaphorical picture of migration and multiculturalism. They remind viewers that just as birds embark on arduous journeys in search of sanctuary and opportunity, humans too navigate vast distances, seeking solace and prosperity. The painting whispers tales of resilience and adaptation, emphasizing the beauty that unfolds when diverse cultures intertwine. It serves as a reminder that, regardless of our origins, we are all part of a magnificent mosaic. The painting speaks of the transformative power of embracing diversity, encouraging empathy, and celebrating the richness that emerges when cultures intertwine.


Instagram: @fariafiroz

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