Why does one create art? The answer to this very broad question will vary from person to person and from artist to artist, but what most artists will tell you is that the reasons they create – comes from a deeply personal place. This is no different for artist and business owner Fiona Khaemba.
Khaemba’s unique style stems from, in her own words, her “love of doodling…on everything” but her drive to create comes from a lack of representation. Growing up, Khaemba did not feel acknowledged or seen in the world around her, an experience she shares with many people of colour. This is what drove her to create art that distinctly represents “Black woman, natural hair and Black culture in general”. Not only does Khaemba strive to create representation for herself, but through her brand Anaya Arts, she strives to uplift and empower other underrepresented communities, and to inspire people through her craft.
On May 27, 2022, Khaemba will participate in the Ottawa Art Gallery’s annual Give to Get Art Auction, by donating her piece Show Stoppa, a 36’ x 24’ digital art print on canvas. She will also be participating as a vendor in the Give to Get Art Market. This free, two-day event— from May 28th to 29th 2022—focuses on local vendors and makers and gives everyone the opportunity to meet incredible regional artists like Khaemba in person. Her pieces will include prints on pillows, cards, art prints and various designs. You can also find her greeting cards and printed sweatshirts at the OAG Shop all year round.
Join us from May 27 to 29 this spring, and meet artists like Fiona Khaemba who continue to enrich our region with their dedicated practice, vision and support of the arts.
– Written by El Doucette, OAG intern and student in Publics Relations at Collège la Cité
Fiona Khaemba, Show Stoppa, a 36’ x 24’ digital art print on canvas