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Sana Makhdoom

We are excited to present Sana Makhdoom as our Debut Artist for May 24-26.

Her stunning artwork is a combination of culture and colour, and we are really looking forward to having her at Market Collective. 


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What’s your favourite part of the creative process?

The completion! I really enjoy the planning process but the most fun is at the end, when I wipe a painting down and am genuinely happy with it.  


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What part of the process do you find the greatest struggle with?

Liking my own work. After staring at a piece for hours I begin to grow tired and pick out its flaws. Obsessively. I’ve thrown out too many to count that probably weren’t as bad as I thought. 


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How does your heritage inform your creative practice, and why do you feel that it is important to draw inspiration from your roots? 

It’s important for me to paint brown-skinned people in my work - growing up I witnessed little representation in the arts of people who look like me. Although my work isn’t richly Pakistani or south Asian, I try to create ordinary women in ordinary, everyday situations. I feel that a lot of the time people hear ‘Indian’ and think Bollywood or heavily adorned women with draping veils doing something ‘exotic’. I remember growing up and friends being so surprised that we were a regular family who ate Canadian food at home and watched English speaking television. 


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Aside from painting, what are some of your other creative outlets? 

Probably like with most people, music is important to me. I’ve created some playlists that suit most moods I find myself in - sleepy, just woke up, happy, inspired, hungry, etc. 


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What type of work will you be brining to MC this May?

I’ve created some smaller sized paintings, prints, and hand painted tote bags for Market Collective this year.