Latifah Stranack

Circle, 2021

Oil, oil bar, and pigment stick on canvas

Painting60 x 50 x 1cmShips from United Kingdom


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About the Artist

Latifah Stranack (b.1981, UK) is a visual artist whose practice has always been a safe haven for her, a place to reflect, question and feel connected to all the events that occur all around. Latifah's mixed heritage has often been a source of inspiration, and growing up between cultures has created a rich narrative and atmosphere for her to think about and work from. Latifah has always been fascinated by cultural hybridity and how this can also cause conflict in some situations. Partially revealed, Latifah attempts to reshape her reality and bring memories from the past to life, forever layered in washes of paint, helping work through subconscious emotions and fears. The work she is compelled to create, enables and empowers Latifah to make sense of who she is, contemplating her identity and the world around her. Through painting, Latifah challenges the perceptions of her own unique existence, brown skin from my father and white skin from my mother. Female body and gaze with and without the veil and mask. Latifah invented her female heroines as a tool to explore these concepts, at times appearing half visible beneath a sheer veil, eyes staring intently through a traditional batoola mask, or with lids delicately closed, lost deep in contemplation. These women and their surroundings, that she obsessively paints, are all fictional members of my metaphorical tribe. Latifah lives and works in London, UK.

About the Artwork

I have always been interested in the power of community and a sense of belonging in society. In this work, I was thinking about female networks and relationships and how they can help you in times of need and emotional distress. I never met my paternal grandmother, and this work is a way for me to reconnect with her through my imaginary composition and painting her into my story, paying homage to her life and all the things that she experienced and have been lost in time through her passing away when my father was a young boy. The work is about the stories we share and tell to learn, laugh, love and grow as women.