Aisha Faria is a Brazilian-American interdisciplinary artist currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in California and predominantly raised in Brazil, she lived intermittently between both countries and returned to the U.S. in 2014, where she received a B.A. in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020.
Faria’s current body of work focuses on compositions made of overlapping acrylic polymer skins. These skin modules can exist either individually or grouped together as larger conglomerates, creating different iterations of form and color each time they are re-contextualized. Capable of sustaining themselves even when devoid of a fixed support structure, the skins can be suspended or attached to glass and acrylic surfaces such as light boxes and windows, or simply framed against a wall.
Faria’s practice is influenced by research on Latin American art history as a response and resistance to authoritarianism, also being visually inspired by physical phenomena such light refraction, malleability, translucency, and surface tension. Informed by her experience as a first-generation American raised outside of the United States, Faria ponders on questions about assimilation, cultural otherness, affective practices, and the blurry relation between the collective and the individual.