Fats (Fathima) is an Indian-Canadian artist born and raised in the Middle East. Her work, primarily made up of images taken from nature, is a study of symbols and semiotics and our drive to make sense of the world through mythology, folklore and storytelling. A 3rd culture kid who has spent most of her life torn between religious and cultural value systems and boxes, Fats looks to story-telling for universal messages that resonate across borders and categories.
Fats’ style of drawing takes inspiration from illustration and comic books her and her brother (who is a cartoonist) grew up with. Her style also resonates of Indian block printed fabrics, Arabic calligraphy and ethnic patterns along with many other visual influences. Her art isn’t so much about a particular culture but rather a fusion of several that all seek to tell the same stories and connect people.
Immigrating to Canada when she was 17, Fats completed a BA in Art and Culture at U of T and later an MA in sociology in the UK. Through her study she has developed a love for art with purpose, in particularly public art and outreach and travels to work with challenged communities most recently in India and Jordan.
In 2010 she was awarded the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award in Dubai. And in 2011 she founded The Domino, a small business and platform that has helped pave the way for Dubai’s artist community and grass roots movement.