Studio view Hiba Schahbaz 2017
Hiba Schahbaz was born in Karachi, Pakistan and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She works primarily with paper, black tea, and water-based pigments. She depicts women’s bodies while referencing self-portraiture, creating a space for herself and other women to tell their stories and reclaim their histories. Since migrating to the United States, her practice has expanded from miniature painting to human-scale works on paper.
Wall drawings in progress during a 2018 residency at Mass MoCA Watercolor and tea on paper
"In my work, I am both the artist and the performer. I photograph my body and use these images as references for my paintings. Through the stories I create I contemplate what it means to be a woman. These works address issues of personal freedom, destruction, sexuality and censorship by unveiling the beauty, fragility and strength of the female form." hibaschahbaz.com