Tasneem Dairywala is an award-winning Visual Artist, the Executive Director of Art Ignite, and a graduate of OCAD University’s 2015 Drawing and Painting program. She believes that paint loaded brushes can illuminate all the nitty-gritty corners of the expected, the ordinary and the sane. With them in hand, she feels empowered to change the unease from facing any crisis into the pleasure of unraveling it.
Outside of her personal art practice, Tasneem works as an Arts Educator to bring inclusive visual arts programs to the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood. Her work stems from the belief that art has the power to overcome ethnocultural boundaries that divide us. That is why she finds it so important to use her knowledge as an artist to connect and empower people.
In her most recent work, Metamorphic Reflections, Tasneem explores the differences and similarities between people by initiating conversations with strangers. Their expressions, as they talk about the most important moments in their lives, are the inspirations behind the paintings. Through her work, Tasneem wants to break through the socially constructed stereotypes and biases we have about others.