Farah Ahmed is an emerging artist based in Washington DC who has developed a unique style influenced by a rich combination of cultural and professional experiences spanning four continents. Born in Kenya with Afghan and Indian ancestry, Farah spent her early childhood years in Kenya before moving to Singapore, where she completed school prior to attending University to study architecture. After graduating she worked on multiple projects in Asia and Africa, then moving to the United States to practice Architecture and further pursuing her passion in Arts through a Masters degree in Fine Arts in Washington DC.
Her art is inspired from her multicultural heritage, migration and passion for traveling, and ultimately her unique combination of skills as an architect, designer, and artist. Using patterns and rhythms from layers found within landscapes and urban settings, she creates a texture that is similar to what we see within our chaotic world today. She explores the interplay of the synthetic and natural worlds, as they combine to create new visible and virtual landscapes.
Inspired by the social networks that connect us to each other and how this has played a role in the political revolutions in Northern Africa andMiddle East, she uses Arabic calligraphy as a means to depict a virtual landscape that exists between people through communication. Calligraphy and font are used as a medium to create contours similar to clouds upon mountains, where random words strung up together, create patterns and rhythms that float through the landscape.Farah has showcased her work in many exhibitions, contributed in charity auctions, and has undertaken private commissions. Most recently, her art was selected by the Winner of Columbia Heights Mosaic Project by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in Washington DC and continues to explore her identity as a multi cultured artist in America.
View all of Farah’s exhibiting pieces for the We the People Project 2011.