Anam Feerasta (b.1988, Karachi) is a Pakistani-Canadian artist based in Toronto. Sheworks primarily with acrylic and oil paints on canvas and plexiglass. Anamexplores oscillating feelings of fragmentation and alignment that areintimately tied to her identity and Pakistani upbringing - feelings that shebelieves are universal.
Anam depicts women’s vulnerable bodies in abstract worldsto create spaces for women like herself to question self-knowledge, share theirstories, and reclaim their identities. These bodies allude to fragmentedidentities and to the multiplicity of an identity resulting from unresolvedfeelings and gender-biased expectations. Anam’s practice is inspired by collage, patterns,mythology, spirituality, family, and childhood memories of home.
Anam recently graduated from OCAD Universitywith a BFA in Drawing and Painting with distinction. She was the recipient ofthe Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award (2022), the Marsh Urquhart Memorial Scholarship (2021), and theKendra Jaal McCleskey Memorial Scholarship (2020) at OCAD University. Anam also holds a B.A. in Economicsand International Development from McGill University.
Since choosing to pursue a full-time careerin art in 2015, Anam has exhibited her work in Toronto and Pakistan. Recentgroup shows include Online TorontoOutdoor Art Fair (2023); Artist Project,Better Living Centre, Toronto(2023); Forage, IgniteGallery, Toronto (2023); Why do you create? Juried Exhibition,Visual Arts Mississauga, Toronto(2023); Being & Becoming- Negotiable Identities, TrinitySquare Video, Toronto (2023); FreshPaint and New Construction 18th Edition, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal(2022); Online Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (2022); GradEx 107, OCAD University,Toronto (2022); Blueprint for a Collective Home, OCAD University, Toronto (2022);Bodies in Fleeting Reality, OCAD University, Toronto (2021); Less than Perfect,La Villa, Lahore (2020); Less than Perfect, Hamail Art Gallery, Lahore (2019).
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