WildSpotlight: Chanel Arif
Welcome to the charming and ethereal world of illustration by Chanel Arif.
In the words of the artist,
"My illustrations are a way for me to define my sexuality as a dislocated woman torn between the East and the West. It is a medium I use to explore my contemporary-self and its sexuality against the backdrop of my heritage. Illustrating the feminine figure allows me a space where I am able to outwardly express and internalize my understanding and identity as a woman.
I am captivated by my sexuality, and therefore it is my biggest inspiration..."
The characters of my drawings are inspired by specific emotions, or sensations I experience. Their narratives exist solely within their frame and they do not meld together. Therefore I believe that If my drawings could talk, collectively their voices would not be harmonic."