“The nudity is a symbol for my fundamental acceptance of myself as I am and the decisions I made to get to this point: the clothes I wore, the people I slept with, the rules I broke and the damning mistakes I made.”
Who is this #remarkablewoman ?
Waheed was born to Pakistani parents in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, but has lived in multiple countries — France, Egypt, Pakistan – before her family settled down in Austin in 2005.
The intricacies in her work reflect her own global exposure; the women in her paintings wear elaborate braids reminiscent of a rhythmic flow of life and maturity of thought.
We caught up with the artist in her studio at MOHA where she was busy creating a wall-size painting for her next exhibition at Raw Paw, an art collective on St. Elmo.
The question, “what does it mean to be a woman?” is one she’s had since childhood, and one she explores through her paintings of women.
“The sum of my human experiences thus far have led me to the conclusion that society as a whole views women as a means to an end,” she says. “A wife designed to serve, a mother designed to sacrifice everything for her children, a daughter designed to marry a good son of a good family, a woman designed to be entirely selfless – thinking only of others and never of herself, and in many cases, whom you can abuse verbally, physically, sexually, emotionally with no recourse.”
Tribeza and Wikipedia.
Pic and credit by Nadia Wheed