Unraveling Dreamscapes

by Aqsah Shah

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About the Exhibition

My art practice involves superimposing uncanny images onto ordinary settings, creating a dream-like, surreal outcome. I like to place emphasis on the female body, pertaining to my own experiences with things like birth and motherhood. I like to convey everyday images from my memory in an otherworldly light, to place emphasis on the notion of subconsciousness building a world on the basis of the conscious mind. I like to alter real life images from my memory and place them in certain settings in a way that they might mean something else to someone else. Some of my work features subtle movements in order to assist its dream-like nature. I like to vary between palettes of bright and dull colours in order to offer a stark representation of the difference between conscious and subconscious realities, as well as to highlight the edgy or absurd nature of my work.

About the Artist

Aqsah Shah is a Visual Artist. Born in Toronto, she acquired her BFA degree from Pakistan, before returning to Toronto where she is currently based to pursue a career in art. Her work takes inspiration from the impact of dreams on human reality and vice versa. The unification between the dreamscape and real life in her work is shown predominantly through subaquatic symbols and void-like imagery. Aqsah’s work allows her an imaginative outlook on everyday objects or scenarios and invites viewers to be able to glimpse an inconceivable perspective to something otherwise regular. Currently she is working as an Illustrator while simultaneously pursuing professional accreditation in web-development & UI design from University of Waterloo.


Instagram: @Aqsah


Image Descriptions and Alt Text: The Disabled List

Sound Design: SlowPitchSound

Aqsah Artist Talk

October 12, 2021, at 6pm

Aqsah Instagram Live

October 14, 2021, at 12pm

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