Sonia Basheer (1993)

Growing up in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, graduated from Salahaddin University English literature and language, working as an art teacher, I developed a close kinship with the natural world as a young child, that kinship is the basis for my art, in which the patterns and texture of nature and human being turned into a painting. I allow the physicality of my materials to reveal the innate qualities of the world, Oil Paintings depict my intense fascination with light and atmosphere. I constantly strive to capture depth and dimension in oil paintings, along with accuracy and light, the physical layout of canvas in the compositions. Each woman’s face or composition defines bitterness of life and some of them are dealing with suffering and conflict with their struggle. The shape of my images often uses a diversity of blue colors often associated with the feeling of melancholy. During my life experience, I was inspired by classical Greek art Dionysus (god of wine and fertility) and Apollo (god of music and art), I tried to depict bottles of wine in my own style, my work sometimes can be subjective vice versa objective each painting independently their own meaning the main point is Authenticity. For me, art is a language, an expression, an interpretation, and a response to the world around us. It allows us to see ourselves and the world differently. Art can also break the monotony and dullness of everyday life. It has in its power to elevate life by presenting an alternate abstract reality to which our imagination can wander.